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November 22, 2017

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Libraries for All : Keep libraries open

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Library Closed Thursday, Nov. 23

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23.

Keep libraries open

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Hours = Access


We promised to keep libraries open when patrons need them. 


2016 Accomplishments: 


  • Retained more than 6,000 new open hours systemwide
  • Added 32 open hours per week by restoring Friday hours at International District/Chinatown, University, High Point and South Park branches
  • Offered more than 1,400 outreach and other offsite events in the community 
  • Issued nearly 61,610 new or replacement Library cards  


2016 Levy Spending: $3.6 million 


Leveraging Levy Investments: 

  •  Hired a community resource specialist to help connect homeless and insecurely housed patrons with social services - with funds from The Seattle Public Library Foundation
Libraries for All : Investing in Experiences
#ilovespl because it’s open almost every day – Jeff M. Library patron