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December 19, 2014

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Libraries for All : Levy at a Glance

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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.

Levy at a Glance

Mother and toddler reading in the library

 

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 addresses four areas identified by the community:

 

 

Overall 2013 spending:

 

$11.9 million, which includes $4.15 million to preserve existing core service levels and $94,000 for levy administration.

 

2013 Levy Spending 

Hours & Access

Collections

Technology

Maintenance:

-

Daily Maintenance

-

Major Maintenance

Preserve Current Core Services
in Operating Fund

Levy Administration

 

$2,955,000

$1,853,000

$994,000

$1,859,000

$997,000

$862,000

$4,150,000
 

$94,000

 Total

$11,905,000

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