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December 19, 2014


Central Library : Getting There & Parking

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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.

Getting There & Parking

The Central Library is located in downtown Seattle between Spring and Madison streets and Fourth and Fifth avenues.

Parking information for cars and bikes.

Map to The Central Library

Driving from the north (going south) via Interstate-5

  • Take I-5 exit 165B at Union Street.
  • Follow Union three blocks west to Fifth Avenue.
  • Turn left on Fifth and go south three blocks to Spring Street.
  • The library is on the right.

Driving from the south (going north) via I-5

  • Take I-5 exit 165 at Seneca Street.
  • Follow Seneca Street one block west.
  • Turn left on Fifth Avenue and go south one block to Spring Street.
  • The library is on the right.

Driving from the east via I-90

  • When I-90 ends, take the ramp toward northbound I-5.
  • Take the second exit at Madison Street.
  • Turn left on Madison Street and go west two blocks to Fifth Avenue.
  • The library is on the right.

Public Transportation Information

All bus routes that provide service to downtown Seattle come within walking distance of the library and many stop within a block.


Metro Bus Trip Planner (Opens a new window)

Transportation Resource Index. Public and non-profit transportation options throughout the Puget Sound Region. (Opens a new window)

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Seattle, WA 98104



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    6 am - 10 pm
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    9:30 am - 6 pm