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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.

Center Programs & Services

Washington Center for the Book sponsors the following programs and services.


Seattle Reads

Seattle Reads (formerly known as "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book") is a program designed to broaden and deepen an appreciation of literature through reading and discussion.


More about this year's Seattle Reads program and a list of previous years' featured works.


Writers' Room: Eulalie and Carlo Scandiuzzi Writers' Room

The Eulalie and Carlo Scandiuzzi Writers' Room has been established to encourage writers to make use of the collections in The Seattle Public Library and to give them a convenient place to work. The Writers' Room is located on Level 9 of the Central Library.


More about the Eulalie and Carlo Scandiuzzi Writers' Room.


A. Scott Bullitt History Lecture

The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History is made possible by a generous gift from Priscilla Bullitt Collins to The Seattle Public Library Foundation in memory of her father A. Scott Bullitt. New York Times columnist and author Gail Collins, Newsweek columnist and author Jonathan Alter, late veteran journalist Daniel Schorr, and historians Taylor Branch, Joseph Ellis, Richard Norton Smith, Roger Wilkins, and the late Arthur Schlesinger Jr. have presented the lecture.



Washington State Book Awards

The Washington Center for the Book administers the annual Washington State Book Awards (formerly the Governor's Writers Awards), given for outstanding books published by Washington authors the previous year.


Listing of Washington State Book Award winners


Entry forms and submission guidelines are available for download below or by calling the Washington Center for the Book at 206-386-4098. 

    Entry form(Opens a new window) pdf

The deadline for nominations is April 1.


McLellan/O'Donnell Living History/Literature Series

One of the Center's most popular events, produced with The Seattle Public Library Foundation, is a series of Chautauqua-style evenings with humanities scholars portraying historical and literary figures. These have included Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, Theodore Roosevelt, Meriwether Lewis, Sacagawea, Malcolm X, Louisa May Alcott and Langston Hughes, among others.