The Seattle Public Library honors Black History Month this February with a newly-digitized local history collection, curated book lists by Library staff, and a series of events designed to inspire, educate, and celebrate Black-owned business excellence in Washington state.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is required, visit the Library’s calendar to sign up.


The Black Culture and History Collection includes materials relating primarily to Black culture and history in the Puget Sound area, including local and regional newspapers and newsletters, pamphlets, brochures and other ephemera. Collection materials come from the African-American Ephemera Collection which was created by the Douglass-Truth Library. Items were primarily collected by library staff but also include donations from the local community.


  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 - Black-Owned Business Excellence: Researching Your Market Using Library Tools. Find out how to easily navigate databases available through your Library to help you make informed decisions in your business planning, marketing, site location and market analysis.
  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Food Business Orientation. Got something cooking? Come learn about the requirements & regulations for opening or expanding a food business!
  • 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Patent Law 101. Interested in learning how to protect your inventions as intellectual property? Learn the ways patent laws can protect and enhance your business.
  • 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 - Employment Law Basics. Starting or growing a business and need to learn the legal aspects of hiring employees? Learn how to navigate Human Resource and employment legal issues.



The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and form strong partnerships with local organizations to offer classes and workshops that are accessible to all.

The Seattle Public Library also has many free online services, resources and programs available while its physical buildings remain closed. Contact the Library’s Ask Us service by phone at 206-386-4636 or by email or chat at Staff are ready to answer questions and direct you to helpful resources and information during this challenging time.