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December 20, 2014

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Strategic Planning

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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 Strategic Plan: 2011 - 2015



Purpose of this Strategic Plan

Libraries are on the cusp of a great transformation - or a slow sail into the sunset. Changes in how people access and use information, interact with one another, and in the resources, tools, and capabilities needed to operate effectively in today's society require new approaches to the services and resources that the Library provides. The Library must evolve in ways that track both the pace of this change and the diversity of our users, ensuring all members of the Seattle community have equal access to the world of ideas.


This Strategic Plan - the result of a vigorous, analytic, and often-times passionate series of conversations about the future of the Library - will guide the Library during a period of internal transition, as well as external societal and technological shifts. The plan is intended to provide vision and direction, staying true to core Library values, as The Seattle Public Library adapts thoughtfully and boldly to emerging challenges and opportunities for the benefit of our patrons.


Read the complete Strategic Plan




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