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December 21, 2014

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Budget : 2010 Budget

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Library closed Dec. 24 and 25

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Jan. 1

Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1,  the Library will be upgrading its electrical power system. During the upgrade, you will be able to search the catalog, but won't be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) will not be available at all. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

2010 Budget

2010 Mid-Year Reductions

Due to the persistence of the economic downturn, the budgets of most city departments have been reduced to address a projected $11.7 million revenue shortfall in 2010.


The Library's 2010 budget will be cut by $1.17 million (2.4 percent), $304,000 less than originally proposed. The savings will be achieved by:


  • Reducing the budget to buy books and materials
  • Eliminating paper notices
  • Deferring some information technology maintenance
  • Reducing staff in collection services, facilities, human resources, information technology and public services


With the mid-year cuts, the city is now forecasting a $50 million shortfall for 2011, which will require further reductions. Like most departments, the Library's cut next year could range from a low of 9.5 percent ($4.9 million), to a high of 14.5 percent ($7.4 million).


The Library has submitted a confidential budget proposal to the city. Mayor Mike McGinn will announce his proposed 2011-2012 budget Sept. 27.


2010 Approved Budget

On Sept. 25, 2009, then-Mayor Greg Nickels announced his proposed 2010 budget, which included cuts to many city departments due to the continued economic downturn. The Library was asked to identify approximately $2.6 million in cuts.


On Nov. 23, 2009, the City Council added $860,000 back to the Library budget when it passed the city budget. While the restoration of some funds was good news, the Library's 2010 budget still was cut by $1.77 million.


That means the Library reduced hours(Opens a new window) overall, sustained more than $500,000 in cuts taken in 2009, and will close the entire system Aug. 30 - Sept. 6. Libraries will resume regular hours on Tuesday, Sept. 7, after the Labor Day holiday.


The Library's capital budget for major maintenance also was cut by 37 percent.


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