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December 19, 2014

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Library closed Dec. 24 and 25

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Jan. 1

Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1,  the Library will be upgrading its electrical power system. During the upgrade, you will be able to search the catalog, but won't be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) will not be available at all. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Mission Statement


Our mission is to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community.
Click here for Vision Statement and Guiding Principles.




Learn More About The Seattle Public Library


Library Leaders and Organizations

  • City Librarian Marcellus Turner
  • Library board of trustees: members, meeting schedules and agendas
  • Friends of The Seattle Public Library
  • The Seattle Public Library Foundation
  • Washington Center for the Book: Programs and contact information


Strategic Planning

  • The Seattle Public Library Strategic Plan 2011-2015 



  • 2012 Budget
  • 2011 Budget
  • 2010 Budget including Operation Budget Reductions and Capital Budget Reductions



  • Library Use
  • Library History


Library Careers

  • Why Work at the Library?
  • Library Job Postings
  • Job Application Form


Library News Releases
Announcements about:

  • Library services, programs and events
  • Branch openings and closings
  • Changes in Library hours


Support Your Library

  • The Seattle Public Library Foundation
  • Friends of The Seattle Public Library
  • Volunteer Opportunities
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Libraries for All: A Plan for the Present, A Foundation for the Future

  • A strong Library system contributes to the economic, educational and cultural vitality of our city. To ensure vital resources are accessible and available when people need them, the Library is considering creating a stable source of funding to help support the Library's ongoing operations.
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"Libraries for All" Building Program

  • In 1998 Seattle voters said "yes" to the largest and most comprehensive library initiative in our country's history, launching a $290.7 million project to rebuild and renew The Seattle Public Library. Ten years later, "Libraries for All" is finished - with four new libraries in communities without library service, the replacement, expansion or renovation of 22 existing branches, and a spectacular new Central Library.
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Library Use Policies

  • Approved by The Seattle Public Library board of trustees.
  • Privacy Notices 
Libraries for All Creating a Legacy
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Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library