Veterans Day is coming up on Nov. 11! Learn how The Seattle Public Library serves and celebrates our U.S. military veterans.


The Library offers monthly drop-in help for military veterans of color and their families from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 6 & 20, Dec. 4 & 18 at the Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089.

Our veteran outreach specialists are knowledgeable about the Veteran Affairs (VA) system and other veteran supportive services available throughout King County and Washington State. Services are available regardless of discharge status. We provide resources for:

  • VA pension & disability compensation
  • Military sexual trauma counseling
  • Crisis & post-traumatic stress advocacy
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • VA home loan resources
  • LGBTQ benefits
  • Mental health resources
  • Survivors & dependents benefits
  • Housing & rental assistance
  • Employment & job readiness

This program is presented in partnership with El Centro de la Raza, and receives funding from the King County Veterans Services.


In November, many Library locations will have displays celebrating our veterans. The Central Library has a World War II Veterans display commemorating the 75th anniversary on Level 9, and a Veterans in Literature display on Level 3. You can find more veteran-focused displays at the following branch libraries: Ballard, Beacon Hill, Broadview, Capitol Hill, Columbia, Delridge, Douglass-Truth, Fremont, Greenwood, Lake City, Madrona-Sally Goldmark, Montlake, NewHolly, Northeast, Queen Anne, Rainier Beach, Wallingford and West Seattle.


The Library's dynamic approach to building community that enriches lives includes programming that brings people, information and ideas together to respect and embrace the well-being of the people we serve. We celebrate Seattle’s many cultures and communities by forming strong partnerships with community organizations.