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December 19, 2014

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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.

Library Operations

The Seattle Public Library consists of the Central Library, 26 neighborhood branches and Mobile Library Services. It has a total collection size of 2.4 million books and other items.

 

 

Library Use

 

The Seattle Public Library took part in a national study to determine who uses public computers and Internet access in public libraries.

 

 

 

Annual Report

The Seattle Public Library produces an annual report and usage statistics.

 

2013 Annual Report
 

 

 

Past Annual Reports pdf

 

 

Library History

 

The Seattle Public Library was established as a city department in 1890.