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Library Closed Monday, May 29

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog – May 28 and May 29

The Library will be performing maintenance on our catalog starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28 - 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 29. During this time, you will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but will not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal), SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Playback: Local Music Collection

Playback: Local music collection

explore the music

Discover music from 100 local bands and musicians in our new online collection! Download or stream for free.

The Seattle Public Library's PlayBack is an online collection that showcases and shares current local music for free. Seattle's musical culture is known for its originality, passion and creativity, as our local artists continue to demonstrate. PlayBack helps new audiences discover a wealth of today's local music.

PlayBack's jury of music community leaders and Library staff selects a diverse array of musical styles to create a soundtrack for Seattle. We make 100 albums available for free download and streaming each year. Anyone can stream the albums for free, and The Seattle Public Library cardholders can download and keep anything in the PlayBack collection. Selected artists will sign a license agreement and receive a $200 honorarium.

Our jury selects the albums in the collection through open calls for submission twice per year. Local musicians and bands are encouraged to submit sample tracks for consideration.

If you are a local artist, be sure to check out our Information for Artists.

Timeline for 2017


Feb 14: Public launch of expanded collection

Feb 28: Launch event 7-10 p.m. at Vera Project

July 2017 (TBD): Third submission period


We thank our sponsor

This program is made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation