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Library Closed Monday, May 29

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog – May 28 and May 29

The Library will be performing maintenance on our catalog starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28 - 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 29. During this time, you will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but will not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal), SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Library Card Application

Sign up today! Complete this form to set up a Library account and begin browsing the catalog. You'll need to visit a Library to complete your registration and pick up your Library card.

To apply online, you must be at least 13 years old and live, work, own property or go to school in free Library service areas.

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Important Information

A Library Card Is Free For Anyone Who:

  • Lives, works, goes to school or owns property in the city of Seattle, city of Bothell or most of King County. More...
  • Has a Library card issued by a reciprocal Library system. More...

Please Note:

You must pick up your card within 6 weeks of this application.

To get your card, stop by any Library and bring:

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