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Release Date: 08/18/2004

Patrons at The Seattle Public Library's Central Library can pick up own reserved materials beginning Sept. 7

Patrons of The Seattle Public Library will be able to pick up their own reserved materials beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave. This service, which is currently available at 12 branches, reduces time spent waiting in lines and lets patrons preview reserved items before checking them out.

Reserved materials will be available on shelving behind the check-in desk at the Fourth Avenue entrance. Items will be sorted alphabetically using the following information:

  • The first four letters of a last name;
  • The first three letters of a first name; and
  • The last four digits of a library card number.


Abbreviations are used to protect the requesting patron's privacy.
Exceptions are reference and interlibrary loan materials and some oversized items, which are held at the check-out desk. Library staff members will retrieve these items for patrons.

"Patrons who have been using branch libraries and are now using the new Central Library have been asking when the service will be available here," said Megan Taylor, manager of the Borrower Services Department. "Users have enjoyed the speed and convenience of being able to retrieve their own materials."

For more information, contact the Borrower Services Department at 206-386-4190.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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