About Executive Director and Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner
Marcellus Turner oversees The Seattle Public Library, which includes the world-renowned Central Library and 26 new or renovated branches. The Library operates on a $70.8 million budget and has nearly 700 staff members. In August 2012, Seattle voters approved a seven-year, $123 million levy to support Library operations and building maintenance. In 2016, the busy system logged nearly 11.5 million in-person and online visits and circulated nearly 11.7 million books and materials.
Turner serves on the University of Washington Information School's MLIS Advisory Board and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville College of Communication and Information's Board of Visitors.
Turner is the former executive director of Jefferson County Public Library in Lakewood, Colo.
Prior to joining Jefferson County Public Library in 2002, Turner was assistant executive director of the Rockford Public Library in Rockford, Ill. He has also worked at Tacoma Public Library in Tacoma, Wash., and Atlantic City Free Public Library in Atlantic City, N.J. In addition, he held several positions with academic libraries in Tennessee and Louisiana.
Turner holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Tennessee.
More About Marcellus Turner
- Colorado man wins Seattle's top library job
The Seattle Times, May 10, 2011.
- The Seattle Public Library Appoints Marcellus Turner as the New City Librarian
The Skanner, June 1, 2011.
- A Talk with Marcellus Turner, City Librarian, the Seattle Public Library
Seattle Met, August 2011.
- The new face of the library
Journal Media, Aug. 1, 2011.
- Goal is 'best library experience'
The Seattle Times, Aug. 25, 2011.
- Seattle's New Librarian Marcellus Turner on the
Future of the Library
KUOW 94.9 FM, Sept. 16, 2011.
- Among the stacks: New City Librarian Marcellus Turner works to renew faith in the written -- and digital -- word
Real Change, Dec. 14, 2011.
- The plan to preserve Seattle's beloved book sanctuaries
Crosscut.com, Jan. 27, 2012
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