In 1998 Seattle voters said "yes" to the largest and most comprehensive library initiative in our country's history, launching a $290.7 million project to rebuild and renew The Seattle Public Library.
The "Libraries for All" building program not only set the standard for library systems across the globe - it reinvigorated Seattle's love of learning and reading.
Ten years later, we have finished the final chapter of Libraries for All. It's time to pause for a moment and look at what we've achieved - four new libraries in communities without library service, the replacement, expansion or renovation of 22 existing branches, and a spectacular new Central Library.
It's also time to thank the people of Seattle for their love of libraries. The Library's growth and success could not have been possible without the incredible support of the community, committed staff and Library Board, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Friends of The Seattle Public Library, hundreds of dedicated volunteers, and the Mayor and City Council.
Libraries for All has cemented The Seattle Public Library's reputation as a national treasure, shared and appreciated by all. The stage is now set for generations to come.
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