Hours, Location and Access

Level 10, including the Seattle Room, of the Central Library is closed at this time. Seattle Room Collection materials are not available for retrieval. Please contact us about your Seattle Room research needs.

Highlights of the Seattle Room Video


Learn about our Seattle collection and some of the items in the Seattle Room, including yearbooks from every high school in Seattle.

Seattle Collection

The Seattle Collection contains items about our city’s history. Along with city documents, local newspaper archives and thousands of photographs of historic Seattle, the collection also includes oral histories, postcards, maps and atlases, restaurant menus, yearbooks from every Seattle high school, and many works by local artists.


Special Collections: The Potlatch Festival Video

Special Collections Online

Many of our special collections are now online, which makes it even easier to find information about Seattle’s rich history. Whether you are interested in learning about the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, or the development and growth of the Pike Place Market, it is all at your fingertips.