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.
School groups are always welcome at the Library. If you plan to bring a middle school or high school group to the library, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can give you the best possible service.
See Children's School Tours of the Central Library for more information on bringing an elementary school group to the Library.
Here are a few things to know when bringing a school group to any Library location:
- With valid photo I.D. or a Library card application signed by a parent, students can receive new or replacement Library cards during their visit. Please let us know in advance if you would like your students to receive Library cards.
- Teens can use the Library's computers but cannot check out materials if they have over $15 in fines. Teens may talk to a librarian if large fines are stopping them from checking out materials.
- There is no eating in the Library. Your group may need to make plans for lunch.
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School tours of the Central Library
The Central Library offers many services to visiting school groups including:
We will confirm your visit by phone or email and discuss guidelines to help your class get the most out of their trip.
Visiting a Library Branch
For more information and to schedule a visit to any of the Library's branches, please contact the branch directly.
To find out what Library location serves your school or for more information, please contact:
The Teen Center
Level 3 - Central Library
1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104