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Release Date: 12/12/2007

'Using the Library' section of The Seattle Public Library's Web site at makes using the Library easier to use than ever

Whether you're stopping by your favorite location of The Seattle Public Library or making a visit to the Library's around-the-clock "virtual branch" at, learning how to use Library services has never been easier. Just go to the Library's Web site and select "Using the Library" to get started.

The "Using the Library" section of the Library's Web site includes information on the following topics:

  • Getting Started includes information on obtaining a Library card and Personal Identification Number (PIN). Here, a patron can register for a Library card online.
  • Explore the Collection provides an overview of the collection, including information on downloadable books, music and videos and the Library's online research resources.
  • Using the Catalog includes information on how to use the Library's catalog and online forms for interlibrary loan and purchase suggestions.
  • Attend Events & Classes provides an overview of the Library's programs and events, including classes and special events for children, teens, adults, world language speakers and English as a Second Language (ESL) students.
  • Visit the Library has addresses and open hours for all of the Library's locations, information on using Library computers and free wireless Internet access, and instructions for reserving Library meeting rooms.
  • Get Help brings together all of the Library's online reference services, including Ask a Librarian and Homework Help. A link to "Get Help" is included at the bottom of every page of the Library's Web site.


The "Using the Library" section of the Web site is written in simple language that many people can understand, including those with limited English or reading skills. The section also includes images that show people what a fun, engaging place the Library is.

"There's more to the Library than checking out books," said Andra Addison, the Library's communications director. "The 'Using the Library' section of our Web site is a great starting point for anybody who is curious about the full range of Library services."

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or visit

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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