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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.

Online Reference Resources

What kinds of online resources are available?

The Library subscribes to services that provide access to thousands of magazines, newspapers, journals, encyclopedias, indexes and other reference resources.


See Articles & Research to access this information remotely or from Library computers.


If you are using your home computer, you will need your Library card and PIN. You may need to temporarily disable your computer's firewall.


What kind of information will I find?

The Library subscribes to more than 60 research services including:


Articles & Research also has free, monitored Web sites organized by topic.

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