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December 20, 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.

Community Conversations

Between September 2013 and February 2014, the public was invited to discuss current and future Library services with City Librarian Marcellus Turner at a series of 12 "Community Conversations." Turner also provided an update on implementation of the Library levy, approved by Seattle voters in August 2012.

Participating patrons were encouraged to give their specific feedback about five Library service priorities: Youth and early learning; technology and access; community engagement; Seattle culture and history; and re-imagined spaces.

You can read the results of these meetings here. A final report will be posted later this year.


Thank you for participating and sharing your ideas for the future of Library services.


Community Conversations

Marcellus Turner, city librarian