Building Our Future - St. Joseph School Seattle

Community Starts Here!

Just like reading a book, we want a library that opens up a world of discovery for kids, an equitable place that students are drawn to and feel safe in, and a flexible space for parents to use while on campus or in between appointments.


The new library will honor two instrumental leaders in the history of St. Joseph School, George and Debra Hofbauer. George led our school from 1977 to 2012 and Debra worked in the Advancement Office for nearly 30 years. Together they changed the shape of the school and created a thriving environment. They envisioned the Wyckoff Gym, started the school’s endowment, kicked off the Jog-a-thon, and more.

Our new library will be called The Hofbauer Family Library and Learning Center.

Mission and Vision

  • The urgency caused by the pandemic for creative use of the library;
  • The necessity for light and fresh air;
  • The commitment to small group learning;
  • A commitment to be a leader with current library and technology standards and student-centered learning;
  • A space that’s engaging for primary school students and a hub for middle school students;
  • A space for middle school exploratory classes, which are a hallmark of the St. Joseph School educational experience;
  • The demand to develop a space for families and the overall community to enjoy during the day;
  • An amazing opportunity to create more indoor/outdoor spaces;
  • An increasing desire from our community to improve physical spaces around campus.

We find ourselves at a tipping point and want to take the library into the future. We’re raising funds for a state-of-the art library renovation that appeals to all grade levels and the entire community. It’s been 30 years since we’ve revived this space. The past 18 months have demonstrated the need for better space utilization.

Library Concepts

These renderings from our architects show how we envision the space while meeting the needs of our students and community.

If you'd like to review the renderings in person and discuss the project, we’re more than happy to provide you with a private tour. Email Erin Oest-Larsen to set up your tour.

St. Joseph School Library

St. Joseph School Library

St. Joseph School Library

St. Joseph School Library

St. Joseph School Library

St. Joseph School Library

All Gifts Matter

  • $100,000  1 gift will cover the cost of the wood ceiling 
  • $50,000    3 gifts will support the library interior finishes and lighting
  • $25,000    4 gifts will support library shelving
  • $15,000    6 gifts will support music room glazing and acoustic separation
  • $10,000    5 gifts will upgrade the library mechanical system
  • $5,000      30 gifts will support new glazing in the library’s existing openings
  • $2,500      20 gifts will support the north facing facade
  • $1,000      60 gifts will support the south facing facade 

The library opened in November 2022 and is enjoyed by the entire community. We still need your support! We've raised $1.3M against our $1.5M goal. All gifts matter. Thank you to our generous community! Furthermore, through prudent budgeting, wise planning, and generous donors, St. Joseph School funded the preconstruction costs for this project.

We’re excited to offer a variety of ways you can make a gift, such as, a monthly donation, including St. Joseph School in your financial plans, corporate matching gift, pledging a gift to be paid within five years, and more. All gifts to the Building Our Future Library Fund of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a donor wall prominently located in the school.

The St. Joseph School non-profit tax identification (EIN) is 91-1109787