About the Levy

As The Seattle Public Library navigated the second year of a global pandemic, we directed levy resources where they were most needed to provide Seattle residents access to Library resources and services. Although we were unable to expand open hours as promised in the initial levy plan, we used levy funds to meet levy priorities of access, collections, technology, children’s programming and maintenance.

Access

We promised to make Library resources and services accessible to patrons when they need them.

2021 Accomplishments

  • Reopened all 27 Library locations for in-building services and open hours restored to near pre-pandemic service levels.

  • Simplified online registration for Library cards, implemented autorenewal of physical items, and continued extending the time for patrons to pick up physical holds, a pandemic-era change.

  • Tested 24/7 holds pick up lockers at High Point and Rainier Beach branches.

  • Surveyed Seattle residents to find out how their Library use had shifted during the pandemic and their current preferences for Library hours. The survey, which was distributed in print and online in eight languages, received over 4,600 responses and provides guidance for future hours expansions.

2021 Levy Spending: $10.6 million

 

Curbside service
Tested 24/7 holds pick up lockers at High Point and Rainier Beach branches.

Provide More Books and Materials

We promised to provide a robust collection of books and materials.

2021 Accomplishments

2021 Levy Spending: $5.8 million

 

COVID-19 Community Collection
Added 237,000+ physical items, including 18,000+ copies of Peak Picks titles.

Technology and Online Services

We promised to promote digital equity and improve our computer and online services.

2021 Accomplishments

  • Installed new WI-FI technology at all branches.

  • Loaned 1,335 hot spots in the community, including 235 with federal COVID funding.

  • Partnered with 24 community organizations including API Chaya, Casa Latina, Literacy Source and SHARE/Wheel.

2021 Levy Spending : $2.0 million

 

Wifi Hotspots
Loaned 1,335 hot spots in the community, including 235 with federal COVID funding.

Programming for Children

We promised to provide additional early learning program for children 0-5.

2021 Accomplishments

  • Offered 95 virtual story times in English, Spanish and Mandarin, including 69 added to SPL Kids YouTube Channel in 2021. Viewed 14,000+ times. 

  • Offered 45 early learning videos, including 25 added in 2021. Viewed 2,400+ times.

2021 Levy Spending: $ 200,000

Virtual World Language Story time
Offered 95 virtual story times in English, Spanish and Mandarin, including 69 added to SPL Kids YouTube Channel in 2021. Viewed 14,000+ times.

Maintain Buildings

We promised to maintain buildings for the next generation.

2021 Accomplishments

  • Completed design work for the Green Lake Branch earthquake retrofit.

  • Provided enhanced cleaning to ensure health and safety of patrons and staff.

  • Adapted facilities to support reopening and other pandemic-related changes.

2021 Levy Spending: $3.6 million


 

Restrooms
Completed design work for the Green Lake Branch earthquake retrofit.