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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.

Message from the City Librarian

In times of change, it is helpful for public institutions to reaffirm who they are and what they believe in. It's important you know that The Seattle Public Library continues to be a welcoming space for you.


Libraries have always been a welcoming institution for all. Our very existence is the basis for this. At The Seattle Public Library, there is one guiding principle that speaks to this value:


Respect and embrace the entire community.


We celebrate Seattle's diversity and strive to ensure that all people feel welcome in the Library. We are committed to meeting the needs and expectations of every Library patron regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, beliefs, income or disability. The Seattle Public Library actively supports efforts that combat prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination.


When our doors open each day, our sole interest is in welcoming you into our libraries and to the many resources we have available to help you in life.


We take pride in having our 27 libraries located in diverse neighborhoods across the city to ensure you and everyone in our community - whether you are a regular user, student, visitor, senior, job seeker, immigrant or refugee or insecurely housed - have easy access to our resources and expert assistance.


While the world around us changes every day, there is one constant that is here for you - The Seattle Public Library. Our doors are always open - no visa, membership or identification is required.


Never question, never doubt. Our libraries are open to everyone.

Nothing required. Nothing to prove. You are welcome.



Marcellus Turner

Marcellus Turner, city librarian

Marcellus Turner, city librarian

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