What can we do for you?
Join City Librarian Marcellus Turner to hear an update on the Library levy, as well as information about current and future Library services. Share your ideas for how the Library can better serve you and your neighborhood. Turner will hold 12 Community Conversations at branches around the city between September 2013 and February 2014.
Investing in the future
On Aug. 7, 2012, Seattle voters approved a seven-year, $123 million Library levy to supplement city funding and preserve the investment in the 1998 "Libraries for All" bond measure, which resulted in new and improved libraries across the city. The levy will provide $17 million annually to stabilize funding and address four areas identified by the community:
The first half of the year, each of 15 branches with new Sunday hours hosted a special celebration that featured a craft activity, refreshments and the opportunity to participate in the Check-Out Sundays Challenge.
Patrons who took part in the Check-Out Challenge visited any Library location on Sundays between January and May. Those who collected 15 stamps were entered into a drawing for book lovers totes and baskets and lunch with City Librarian Marcellus Turner. Four winners were announced in June.
With your support, we are making improvements across the system. Key accomplishments to date include:
- Opened all Library locations on Sundays
- Opened Columbia and Northgate branches seven days a week, where visits year-to-date are up 43% compared to last year
- Increased number of items a patron can put on hold from 25 to 50
- Eliminated week-long closure of entire Library system
- Added 26,423 new e-books and e-audio files
- Added 33,044 new titles
For a detailed account of progress to date, please view the quarterly report:
More information about the levy
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