Effective Monday, March 29, patrons of The Seattle Public Library will have broader access to print and electronic resources thanks to a new reciprocal borrowing agreement with Tacoma Public Library (TPL).

This is the first reciprocal borrowing agreement between Seattle and Tacoma libraries; and it is the eighth borrowing agreement the Library shares with nearby systems.

“We are very excited to partner with Tacoma Public Library on providing our respective patrons expanded access to the great collections that both of our library systems have to offer,” said Andrew Harbison, assistant director of The Seattle Public Library’s Collection & Access Services.

Patrons of The Seattle Public Library will be able to use the following services through TPL:

TPL patrons will have similar access to services from The Seattle Public Library. “This reciprocal agreement is a great benefit for patrons of both library systems,” stated TPL Director Kate Larsen. “We are excited to enter into a deeper partnership with The Seattle Public Library, and thus broaden library access in our region.”


To complete an application for a Tacoma Public Library card, patrons of The Seattle Public Library will need:

  • A current Library card from The Seattle Public Library
  • A government-issued picture ID

An application can be completed in person at any TPL branch, or online through TPL's website.

Because neither library collects overdue fines, no charges will be associated with overdue items. Fees will still apply to any materials that are lost or damaged.


Visit the Library’s Road to Reopening page for more information on book returns, Curbside Service and other Library services being offered while Library buildings are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can now place new holds on physical Library materials.

For more information, visit spl.org/card, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask Us.