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 Library has book groups for adults, children, teens, families, and low-vision, deaf and hard of hearing, 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.
Book Group Kits
The Library's book group collection consists of more than 350 titles in kits of 12 books.
Book group kits are available to Library-sponsored book groups that meet in Library locations and are facilitated by Library staff. Kits also are available to Seattle book groups that meet at members' homes, businesses, churches, community centers, senior centers and retirement homes.
Book group kits are only available to groups that have been receiving book group kits from the Library prior to 2009. These book groups have already been notified and should have received a special Book Group Library Card. If you haven't received a Library card, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-615-1747. If you have lost your book group card, please call 206-386-4190.
Book groups may now schedule book group kits online using the KitKeeper system. The following information will help you use the new system:
Book Group and KitKeeper FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Go to KitKeeper to request and schedule a Book Group kit online.
New Book Groups
Registration is not currently open to new book groups. To be added to our waiting list, send an email to email@example.com. A book group must have a regular monthly meeting date in order to qualify.