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December 11, 2016

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OverDrive ebook issues

Some patrons report seeing incorrect ebook holds and checkouts. Please log out and back in to clear. If you are consistently seeing incorrect ebook entries please report to Ask a Librarian. We are working with OverDrive to resolve this issue.

The Library's Website may experience brief outages

On Sunday, Dec. 11, from 4 a.m. to noon, the Library's website may experience brief intermittent outages due to scheduled server maintenance.

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 family learning
Provide Library services that support youth and families in academic success, career readiness and life.

Technology and access
Serve as Seattle's primary point of access to information, lifelong learning, economic development and creative expression through innovative use of technology and digital resources.


Community engagement
Offer Library programs, services and collections that reflect community needs and interests, feature community voices and create meaningful experiences.


Seattle culture and history
Connect our community with our diverse local culture and history through compelling collections, expert assistance, innovative partnerships and engaging programs.


Re-imagined spaces
Adapt and energize Library spaces for new uses in keeping with changing services, programs, interests and needs of Library users and the changing way that they use Library spaces. 


Read the complete Strategic Plan


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