As books on race, anti-racism and policing top national nonfiction bestseller lists, they are also in demand by Seattle Public Library patrons, with numerous holds placed on titles such as Ibram X. Kendi’s “Stamped From the Beginning” and Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility.”

But while these titles are deservedly popular, the Library also has an “Always Available” “Readings About Race” digital collection that is a mix of classics and newer books and even a few bestsellers such as the e-audiobook version of Ijeoma Oluo’s “So You Want to Talk About Race.” That means that patrons with a Library card can check out any of these titles right now, with no wait. Highlights of this collection include:


Patrons are also encouraged to explore the Library’s “Toolkit for Anti-racism Allies” and the Black Lives Matter e-collection, which include digital versions of bestsellers such as Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow.” Parents and educators can explore the children’s e-book collections for fiction and nonfiction by African-American authors from our kids’ e-book portal.

Patrons can also use our collections to discover books for their own purchases, in support of Black authors during #BlackoutBestsellerList week.

More ways to explore titles include the Library’s Your Next Five service, which delivers customized book recommendations within four days. You can also get a quick e-book related question answered through the Library’s reference service at

The Library is able to create its “Always Available” e-collections” on OverDrive because some publishers allow libraries to purchase unlimited access to titles. Find more Always Available e-books and e-audiobooks on OverDrive.

If you don’t have a Library card, no problem. Seattle residents can sign up for a digital Library card in minutes at

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