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November 18, 2017

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Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Nov. 19

Between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19, our Bibliocommons catalog will be unavailable for up to two hours for system maintenance. During that time, please use our classic catalog.

Library Closed Thursday, Nov. 23

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23.

More books and materials

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Collections = Quality


We promised to provide a robust collection of books and materials.


2016 Accomplishments:


  • Increased variety and depth of the physical collection by adding more than 43,000 new titles to print books, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs
  • Added 56,000+ new e-book and e-audiobook files
  • Bought 33,000+ more copies of popular materials to shorten wait times
  • Added access to more than 8,000 digital comics and magazines
  • Digitized 5,000+ Seattle Collection items to provide greater access to the city's history, including Bungalow Magazine (1912-1918) and more than 2,400 photos of the Space Needle construction, launching the George Gulacsik Photograph Collection 


2016 Levy Spending: $2.7 million


Leverage Levy Investments:

  • Launched PlayBack, an online local music collection curated by a jury of Seattle music experts to share local music with patrons -- with funds from The Seattle Public Library Foundation
Libraries for All : Investing in Experiences
#ilovespl because it was there with books when I was a kid, and now it’s there with books for my son! – Sarah N.R., Library patron