Library Funding

We receive funding from a mix of public and private sources. Every year, the City Council approves an annual budget appropriation that covers many of our basic expenses. In 2019, Seattle voters approved a seven-year, $219.1 million Library levy to improve access to critical educational and literacy resources and increase economic opportunity for every city resident.

Operations Plan

Every December, after the City Council approves the Library’s operating and capital budget appropriations, the Library Board adopts an operations plan.

The Library’s 2024 operating budget is $90.1 million, which includes $25.2 million in funding from the voter-approved Library levy. This is a 2% increase from the Library’s 2023 operating budget and reflects a 3% increase in general fund support from the City of Seattle.

The Library's 2024 capital improvement budget, which is used for major building maintenance and asset preservation, is $5.94 million. This includes $5.86 million from the voter-approved 2019 Library Levy and $78,000 in Real Estate Excise Tax resources.

Annual Reports

The Seattle Public Library produces an annual report and usage statistics.

Supporting Organizations

Two organizations, The Seattle Public Library Foundation and The Friends of the Seattle Public Library, raise money to help fund activities, services and special projects not covered by our operating budget.