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February 10, 2016

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Library Closed Monday, Feb. 15

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15.

Libraries for All: Investing in Experiences

As part of the Library levy’s improvements to the collection, we are adding digitized material to our Special Collections online. Click on any image in the slideshow to view the Special Collections online.

Investing in the future

In 2012, Seattle voters improved access to critical educational, literacy and economic opportunity resources for every resident by passing a seven-year, $123 million Library levy.


The levy is helping restore core services cut during the prolonged recession. It also protects a bold vision that Seattle voters approved in 1998 called "Libraries for All," which resulted in the world-renowned Central Library and new and renovated branch libraries across the city.


The levy provides an average of $17 million annually to stabilize funding, support the Library's Strategic Plan and Service Priorities and address four areas identified by the community:



Key accomplishments in 2014 included:


  • Retained more than 6,000 new open hours systemwide 
    • Open 52 weeks a year
    • All locations open Sunday
    • 7-day service at Columbia and Northgate branches. Visits in 2014 were up 44% over 2012
  • Added nearly 16,000 new e-book and e-audiobook titles
  • Added more than 37,000 new titles to the physical collection of books, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs
  • Upgraded Wi-Fi infrastructure systemwide to provide faster and more reliable Internet service 
  • Performed important maintenance work at the Central Library and several branch libraries


For a detailed account of recent progress, please view:



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Libraries for All : Investing in Experiences