Want to learn a language, improve your job skills, find free one-on-one tutoring, download new songs, learn web design, or find a read-aloud for your child? Or perhaps your child is on spring break this week and you need to find some new content to stream, stat?

You can do all of these things and much more through The Seattle Public Library. Many activities in this list do not even require a Library card.

Find many more programs, services, and our collections, at www.spl.org and at the Library’s 27 locations. (Note: You can also find this list, regularly updated, on our blog at https://www.spl.org/50things.)


  • Visit a new Library location: Explore the collections, unique art and attributes of our 27 distinctive locations around the city. Each offers free Wi-Fi, a unique collection, services such as printing and copying, areas to sit and work, children’s areas and more.
  • Participate in Seattle Reads, the Library’s citywide reading program.
  • Get personalized book recommendations with Your Next 5 Books.
  • Learn a new language, hobby or skill with a lesson plan from Your Next Skill.
  • Find Your Next Job with one-on-one help in resume building, job skills and more, from a librarian, in nine languages.
  • Attend a virtual story time with your child or a virtual event that’s just for you. The Library is also starting to have in-person author events once again; check for upcoming events at spl.org/calendar.
  • Listen to an author reading, thrilling tale or presentation with Library podcasts.
  • Contribute your pandemic story to the COVID-19 Community Collection.
  • Request a free one-on-one virtual appointment to get free help with your small business.
  • Become an Excel spreadsheet guru with Microsoft Imagine Academy.
  • Learn about Seattle’s culture through the Library’s Seattle Culture & Local History online collections, including photography, art and more
  • Discover local artists: The Library regularly partners with local artists on programs like Summer of Learning. Our Year of Wonder campaign currently features Jorge Villavicencio’s piece celebrating the fantastical discoveries that await you at the Library.
  • Ask anything: If you need help with any of these resources or services, or have other questions, our staff can help you in multiple languages. Just call 206-386-4636 or contact Ask Us, the Library’s email and chat service. You can also ask for help at your local Seattle Public Library branch.


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If you don’t have a Library card, it’s easy to get one online or in person. Apply for a card in minutes through an application at spl.org/Card. We offer applications in Spanish, Vietnamese, Amharic, Somali and Chinese, as well as in English; and there is a children’s application as well.

A Library card from The Seattle Public Library is free for anyone who lives, works, owns property or goes to school in the Library’s service area, which includes Seattle, Bothell and most parts of King County, through our reciprocal use agreement with the King County Library System. Cardholders from several library systems in Washington may also qualify.

Call 206-386-4636 or contact Ask Us, the Library’s email and chat service, for help with getting a Library card or anything else.



The Library believes that the power of knowledge improves people's lives. We promote literacy and a love of reading as we bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. 

Visit the Library's Road to Reopening page for more information on current Library services and programs.

Contact the Library’s Ask Us service by phone at 206-386-4636 or by email or chat at www.spl.org/Ask. Staff are ready to answer questions and direct you to helpful resources and information.