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December 21, 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.

The Seattle Public Library

Our Vision for Seattle

A city where imagination and opportunity thrive.


Our Mission

The Seattle Public Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community.


Service Priorities

Youth and early learning
Support early learning and the joy of reading through our collections and resources, services, programs and partnerships.

Technology and access
Enhance technology to provide discoverability and increased access to materials, information, services and interactive experiences.


Community engagement
Engage with our communities through outreach, partnerships and programming that connect the Library with patrons in meaningful ways.


Seattle culture and history
Capture and cultivate a rich recorded history of Seattle, making our unique heritage available to our communities.


Re-imagined spaces
Create new uses for Library spaces, in keeping with the changing needs of Library patrons, services, programming and interests.


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