Your Collections

Freedom to read, watch and listen

For any library, building a strong collection is fundamental to supporting intellectual freedom, literacy, opportunity and quality of life. We also support equity of access by collecting materials in many different formats.

Read the collection plan   

Statement on e-book lending policies

Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner

A publisher’s new policy may affect your ability to borrow e-books. Read a statement from the chief librarian about the change.

Read the chief librarian's statement

Collections videos

A Day in the Life of a Book Video

Follow a copy of the 2017 Seattle Reads selection "The Turner House" as it travels to its next destination.

Floating Collections Video

Library staff members explain how some items in our collections "float" to the branch where they are returned.

Library Collections and Selection Video

Library staff members explain what makes up our collections, and how we decide what to include.

Moving Library Materials Video

Our Materials Distribution Services Manager discusses how we get Library materials to our patrons at all of our 27 locations.

Peak Picks Video

Library patrons and staff describe the benefits of the Peak Picks program--popular items available with no holds and no wait.

World Languages Collections & Services Video

Library staff members discuss materials, programs and services we offer in languages other than English.