Central Library

1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

206-386-4636

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 Exterior view of the Central Library

Central Library

1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

tel: 206-386-4636

Directions

Open for book returns Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Use Fourth Ave. plaza and book return.

Hours this week:

  1. Mon 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  2. Tue 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  3. Wed 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  4. Thu 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  5. Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  6. Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  7. Sun 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Book Return hours:

  1. Mon - Fri8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  2. Sat - Sun8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Holiday closure information.

Amenities Highlights

Access to the Seattle Room on Level 10 is available by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Chocolati coffee cart is closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Free Public Computers
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room
  • FriendShop
  • Short Edition Story Dispenser
  • Paid Parking
  • Single-Occupant All-Gender Restroom
  • Multi-Stall Single-Gender Restrooms
  • Multi-Stall Single-Gender Children’s Restrooms
  • Book return box is located on the west side of the building, on Fourth Ave., to the left of the entrance

2022 Artist Showcase

2022 Artist Showcase

Throughout the year, we partner with artists to highlight Library programs and services like Summer of Learning, Book Bingo and the Year of Wonder.

Check out our showcase of illustrations and current work from local artists we collaborated with this year, on display at the Central Library.

Global Reading Challenge 2022

Battle of the Books: 2022 - 23 Global Reading Challenge!

The Global Reading Challenge is a friendly reading competition for 4th and 5th graders enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. Students form teams and read selected books, then take part in a citywide trivia competition.

About the Central Library

The new Central Library opened May 23, 2004. The 11-floor building contains an innovative "Books Spiral," a 275-seat auditorium, and open spaces where patrons can meet, study, search the web or read. The Library has centers for children, teens and adult readers, along with expanded collections and a large computer lab. It also has underground parking for about 143 vehicles.

Central Library Photo Gallery