• Icon Adult Tutoring

    Get free tutoring for help with a class, test preparation or a job application. Available in English, Spanish (español) and Vietnamese (tiếng Việt).

  • Icon Adults 50 plus

    Find programs and services geared towards adults 50 years and older.

  • Icon Arts and Culture

    We offer performances, exhibits, movie screenings and more—all year long.

  • Icon Ask Us

    We are here to look up information for you, help you with your Library account, offer reading recommendations and more.

  • Icon Authors and Books

    Join us for free author events and book discussions. Many of our past events for book lovers are available online.

  • Icon Basic Skills for Adult Learners

    Improve your English, prepare for United States citizenship, or get free help with basic skills for work and life.

  • Icon Begin with Books

    Nurture a love of learning with our “Begin with Books” theme kits for children ages 0-6.

  • Icon Book Bingo

    Every summer we create Book Bingo in English and Lotería de Lectura en español.

  • Icon Book Groups

    Use our DIY Toolkit to help select titles and facilitate book group meetings.

  • Icon Bullitt Lecture

    The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History features presentations by presidential historians, popular historians, public intellectuals and professors of American History.

  • Icon Business & Nonprofit

    Use our free business resources and get 1:1 help launching or growing your small business or nonprofit.

  • Icon Citizenship Help

    Take free classes and explore resources to help you become a United States citizen.

  • Icon City of Literature

    UNESCO has named Seattle a City of Literature, based on the vitality of its literary culture.

  • Icon Civics and Social Services

    Get free help connecting to the resources and services you need.

  • Icon College Readiness

    We can help high school students prepare for graduation and college with

  • Icon Community Conversations

    Executive Director and Chief Librarian Tom Fay invites you to join the Library in a discussion about current and future Library services.

  • Icon Día de los niños

    Día es una celebración a los niños y promueve la alfabetización familiar multicultural. / Día celebrates children and promotes multicultural family literacy.

  • Icon Digital Equity

    Working with the City of Seattle, we promote digital equity through our programs and services.

  • Icon Election Resources

    Find out what you need to know about voting and elections in King County.

  • Icon Equity at the Library

    In support of our mission, we seek to ensure that everyone feels welcome, valued, respected and safe in our spaces, promote intellectual freed, and celebrate diversity in our community through our spaces, collections and programs.

  • Icon Exhibits

    See what’s on display now at our Level 8 Gallery at the Central Library.

  • Icon Fun and Games

    Enjoy story times with our children's librarians or get outside and explore with outdoor resources.

  • Icon Genealogy Appointments

    Trace your family history with our free 1:1 appointments and genealogy resources.

  • Icon Genealogy Collection

    Our Genealogy Collection, located on Level 9 of the Central Library, is one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Icon Global Reading Challenge

    The Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program for 4th and 5th graders enrolled in Seattle Public Schools.

  • Icon Homework Help

    If you are working on a tough homework assignment or have questions about a lesson, come to the Library for Homework Help.

  • Icon Immigrant and Refugee Services

    We help immigrants and people preparing for citizenship with programs and media in English and other languages.

  • Icon Intellectual Freedom

    We support intellectual freedom and uphold the right of all people to freely and confidentially access information as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

  • Icon Job Resources

    Looking for a job? We have free job and career development resources.

  • Icon Kids and Families

    We have many free programs, events and services for kids and families.

  • Icon Know Your Rights

    We can help you understand your legal rights as an immigrant or refugee.

  • Icon Ladies Musical Club

    We host frequent concerts sponsored by the Ladies Musical Club, an organization of women whose mission is to foster appreciation of classical music in the Seattle community through education, performance and awards.

  • Icon Learning

    Learn something new in our free classes for all ages with many offered online.

  • Icon Learning Buddies

    Learning Buddies is an education enrichment program for K-5 students at the Beacon Hill, Columbia, Douglass-Truth, NewHolly and West Seattle branches.

  • Icon Legal Resources

    Get help from trusted sources and find online resource to help you navigate civil lawsuits and other legal issues.

  • Icon Legendary Children

    Legendary Children is a late night of extravagant style that spotlights all the gorgeousness of QTPOC communities.

  • Icon LGBTQ

    We welcome and celebrate people across the LGBTQ+ spectrum. We work with local organizations and community members to offer programming for LGBTQ+ patrons and allies.

  • Icon Library Equal Access Program (LEAP)

    LEAP provides services to patrons with disabilities and supports access to our programs and services.

  • Icon Library Link

    Seattle Public Schools students and teachers get instant access to our online resources without a Library card.

  • Icon Microsoft Learn

    Learn Microsoft Office and technology skills online through Microsoft Learn. This free program is available to all Washington State residents.

  • Icon Mobile Library Services

    With Mobile Library Services, we ensure that everyone in Seattle has access to information, ideas, and stories.

  • Icon Museum Pass

    Use your Library card to get free admission to participating Seattle museums.

  • Icon My First Library Card

    To celebrate children getting their first Library card, children age 0 - 6 will receive a special "My First Library Card" tote bag.

  • Icon Next Chapter

    We offer resources and programs for adults 50+ to learn how to age well and plan for retirement.

  • Icon Outdoor Recreation

    Get outside and explore the natural wonders of Western Washington and beyond with these hiking, camping, biking, fishing and other outdoor recreation guides.

  • Icon Outreach

    Find Library events and activities at community locations. Our bookmobiles bring Library services to kids and people who may not be able to get to the Library easily.

  • Icon Race and Social Justice

    We participate in the Mayor’s Race and Social Justice Initiative to promote and support racial equity in our workplace.

  • Icon Resources for the Formerly Incarcerated

    We offer court-involved individuals, and their families, information and resources to help during and after incarceration.

  • Icon Safe Place

    The Seattle Public Library is a member of the King County Safe Place program.

  • Icon Schools and Teachers

    We offer many resources and services to Seattle-area daycares, schools, and other community agencies serving kids and teens.

  • Icon Seattle Reads

    Seattle Reads is a "one book, one city" program, where people are encouraged to read and discuss the same book.

  • Icon Seattle Writes

    Explore free classes and resources on creative writing and publishing.

  • Icon Sharing Our Voices

    Watch animated oral histories that focus on the LGBTQ+ community. These short films were produced by the Library as part of Sharing Our Voices, a project designed to preserve the oral histories of Seattle's distinct communities.

  • Icon Short Story DIspenser

    Find our Short Edition story dispensers to print a one, three or five-minute short story to read on the spot or take with you.

  • Icon Social Justice

    Learn more about current social justice issues through free online resources and programs.

  • Icon Social Services Referrals

    Connect with our Social Services Team for information about and referrals to resources and services.

  • Icon Somali Book

    We work with Seattle’s Somali community to publish Somali books for children.

  • Icon Southwest Artist Showcase

    Each year we display works by local artists at the Southwest Branch.

  • Icon Story Time

    Enjoy stories, songs, and fun learning activities for babies, toddlers and young children.

  • Icon Storyhood

    Story’hood is a series of workshops where you can learn to design a location based game.

  • Icon Student Success

    Discover free programs, services and resources to help students succeed in school.

  • Icon Summer of Learning

    The Library has offered summer programs for Seattle youth since 1919 – this past summer was our 104th year of summer youth programming!

  • Icon Tax Help

    We partner with AARP and The United Way of King County to offer free Tax Help.

  • Icon Technology Skills

    Improve your technology skills and learn new software.

  • Icon Teens

    Discover free tutoring, reading recommendations and activities for teens.

  • Icon Theater and Opera Resources

    We create reading and resource guides to enhance your local theater experience.

  • Icon Unique Collections

    Discover our diverse and distinctive collections.

  • Icon Veteran Services

    Veteran specialists connect veterans to supportive services.

  • Icon Virtual Tutoring

    K – 12 students in Seattle can get free virtual tutoring from with a Library card or Library Link number. Available in English, Spanish (español) and Vietnamese (tiếng Việt).

  • Icon Your Next 5 Books

    Tell us a little bit about what you like to read and we'll email you a list of five books chosen just for you.

  • Icon Your Next Skill

    Tell us what skill you want to learn and librarians are standing by to help you!