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December 17, 2017

About the Library

Budget : 2015 Budget

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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, Sunday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25.

2015 Budget

On Nov. 24, 2014, the City Council approved Mayor Ed Murray's proposed 2015 budget.


The Library's 2015 operating budget is $65.3 million, which includes $13.1 million in funding from the Library levy and is approximately $1.6 million above the Library's 2014 operations budget. The $3.65 million capital improvement budget, which is used for major maintenance and asset preservation, is $750,000 less than in 2014.


The increase in the capital improvement budget is largely due to higher than expected Real Estate Excise Tax revenue and enhanced funding from the $123 million, seven-year Library levy that Seattle voters approved in August 2012 to restore and improve core services.