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Books, Movies & Music

What's New

Hundreds of books, CDs, and DVDs are added to the Library's collection each month.

What's Popular

The Library's most requested books, CDs and DVDs.

The New York Times
Best Seller List

Use the drop down menu to select from the top six lists.

Staff-created Reading Lists



More than 500 book recommendations, including Caldecott and Newbery award winners.


Find a good book! Top teen reads in fantasy, science fiction, sports, romance and more!


Recommendations to suit your interests - mystery, fantasy, romance, nonfiction and more!

Staf favorites







Your Next 5 Books


Your Next 5 Books

Looking for something fantastic to read? Ask a librarian! Tell us a little bit about what you like (and hate!) to read. We'll email you a list of five books chosen just for you.


Your Next 5 Books





Check out our blogs


The Library hosts two blogs: Shelf Talk,(Opens a new window) a blog for Seattle readers, and Push to Talk,(Opens a new window) a blog for teens. Both blogs feature reviews of a wide range of books, music and films - all recommended by Library staff members.



Let us tell you about good books with NextReads!



Too many books, too little time? Try NextReads, which automatically notifies you about new books in your favorite subject areas. We will email you a short annotated list of titles every few weeks, with links to our catalog so you can place items on hold. Sign up for as many subjects as you like. Like all our services, NextReads is completely free. Whether you love suspense, romance, travel or something else, The Seattle Public Library has ideas for what you can read next.


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Books & Reading Databases & Web Sites


Looking for more? See Books & Reading for:


  • Additional book lists and book reviews for adults, teens, and children
  • Online access to thousands of e-books and audiobooks
  • Information about booksellers and publishers



Book Groups

The Library has book groups for adults, children, teens, families, the visually impaired and Spanish- and Chinese-speaking patrons.


See the Calendar of Events for a list of book groups at the Library.


See Book Group How-Tos to learn more about starting your own book discussion group.


The Seattle Public Library's book group collection is made possible through the generosity of The Seattle Public Library Foundation. No other library in the country offers such an extensive collection to book groups in their community.