From Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner

Executive Director and Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner
Executive Director and Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner

August 7, 2019

Thank you Seattle voters!

Your overwhelming support of the 2019 Library Levy Renewal ensures Seattle has a strong Library system to support every resident of our city for years to come. Your investment in The Seattle Public Library is an investment in the future of our vibrant and growing city.

While the Library will continue to receive its base budget from the city’s general fund, the Library Levy will provide $219.1 million over the next seven years, which will lead to some immediate improvements beginning January 2020. Those include:

  • All branch locations opening at noon on Sunday
  • More e-materials
  • Eliminated fines for overdue materials

Other changes will be implemented throughout the life of the seven-year levy, including:

  • A total of 10,000 additional open hours a year
  • Improved public internet access
  • Expanded early learning programming for children
  • An improved Library system for acquiring, cataloguing and circulating materials
  • Earthquake retrofits of the historic Green Lake, University and Columbia branches
  • Social service support for at-risk youth
     

A full list of the investments the Library intends to make with this funding can be found here on our website. As we have done with the 2012 Library Levy, we will report our progress to you throughout the life of the 2019 Library Levy Renewal with detailed quarterly and annual reports that you can also find here.

Thank you for helping us maintain a world-class Library system that is positioned to serve Seattle’s future.

Executive Director and Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner Signature

Marcellus Turner, Executive Director and Chief Librarian

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