Want to dive into one of 2020’s hottest books, such as “Caste” by Isabel Wilkerson or “Rage,” by Bob Woodward? Seattle Public Library patrons can once again check out such high-demand titles with no wait through the Library’s beloved Peak Picks program.

Here’s how it works: All seven Library locations that are providing Curbside Service will offer a "daily menu" of around 10 Peak Picks titles that are available until supplies run out. Staff choose the 10 titles based on what's newest, what they think their patrons will like, or what stock is at hand. Patrons who arrive for a scheduled pick-up of holds through Curbside Service as well as those who arrive spontaneously for walk-up service are able to request any of those 10 titles.

“Readers can be assured that whichever 10 titles are highlighted on a particular day, each book was carefully selected by librarians to bring a great read their way,” said Linda Johns, Reader Services librarian at The Seattle Public Library.

As with Peak Picks in the past, the check-out time is two weeks because of the high demand for these titles. But there is no limit on how many different Peak Picks books a patron can check out (as long as their account allows it). Patrons cannot place holds on Peak Picks titles. If a branch runs out of a title, it would be crossed off the "menu" or a substitute added.

The current Peak Picks catalog includes high-interest titles such as "Transcendent Kingdom" by Yaa Gyasi; “The Lying Life of Adults” by Elena Ferrante; "The City We Became," the first in N.K. Jemisin's new fantasy series; and political bestsellers such as “Too Much and Never Enough” by Mary Trump and “Rage” by Bob Woodward.

It also includes titles from Seattle authors such as Erica C. Barnett (“Quitter”), Molly Wizenberg (“The Fixed Stars”) and beloved Library alum Nancy Pearl (“The Writer’s Library”).


Seven Library locations are open for Curbside Service from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. These are:

  • Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, 98104
  • Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, 98133
  • High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., Seattle, 98126
  • Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle, 98125
  • Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle, 98107
  • Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way, Seattle, 98122
  • Rainier Beach Branch, 9125 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, 98118



Visit the Library’s Road to Reopening page for more information on other Library services such as book returns. Find out how to schedule an appointment for a holds pickup at spl.org/curbside.

The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. One of our guiding principles is to promote literacy and a love of reading. We accomplish this by finding creative solutions like Peak Picks to meet the public's changing needs and interests.

The Seattle Public Library also has many free online services, resources and programs available while its physical buildings remain closed. You can find out more here or by contacting the Library by phone at 206-386-4636. Staff are ready to answer questions and direct you to helpful resources and information during this challenging time.