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December 19, 2014

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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.

Receive Notices by E-Mail or Phone

How can I get notices about my Library account?

You can get notices from the Library by Email or phone, as well as some additional options.

  

Email notification

If you have an email address linked to your Library card, you will automatically receive these notices:

  • Overdue and almost overdue alerts
  • Holds ready for pickup and holds activation
  • Billing notices

 

Check your Account Settings to see if you have an email linked to your account or to add an email address. Email services may place email notices in your spam or junk mail folder. Please make sure your spam or junk mail folder is set to accept messages from notices@spl.org.

 

Phone notification

If you prefer, you can sign up to get automated phone messages via Telecirc by speaking with checkout staff or calling 206-386-4190. With Telecirc you'll get notices for:

  • Overdue items
  • Billing notices
  • Holds ready for pickup

 

Other notification options

Library Elf

You can sign up with Library Elf to receive overdue and hold notifications. 

  • Get Email notifications as often as you choose
  • Other notification options: SMS (text message), iCal, and RSS
  • Add additional library cards to a single account (examples: your library card, a family member's library card, a King County Library System card, etc.)

 

See Library Elf privacy policy and FAQ.

  

RSS

You can receive alerts when new items on favorite topics or authors become available using RSS. Search the catalog for something (author, subject, keyword) and scroll down to the RSS button to set up an RSS feed.

 

Need help?

Ask a Librarian, visit any Library location, or call us at 206-386-4190.

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