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Library Closed Monday, May 29

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog – May 28 and May 29

The Library will be performing maintenance on our catalog starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28 - 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 29. During this time, you will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but will not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal), SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Materials Donation


The Seattle Public Library welcomes donations of books and other materials. The Library also accepts monetary contributions allocated for the purchase of Library materials. The Library reserves the right to determine the disposition of all gifts received.



All materials accepted for addition to the Library's collection become the property of the Library. These materials will be placed in the most appropriate location.

Materials that are not utilized in the Library's collection will be transferred to the Friends of The Seattle Public Library ("Friends"), a nonprofit organization, for inclusion in their book sales. All proceeds from the Friends' book sales are donated to the Library in support of the Library's mission and programs, and to otherwise enhance the Library's collections. The Friends may donate any surplus inventory to nonprofit entities that the Library has identified as contributing to its mission.



This policy applies to books and other materials donated to the Library, as well as monetary contributions allocated for the purchase of Library materials.



Administrative Procedure, Donating Materials to the Library.



Currrent version supersedes Materials Donation Policy adopted September 26, 2000.


ADOPTED:  April 22, 2015


Materials Donation Policy last revised Sept. 26, 2000.