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December 20, 2014

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Libraries for All : Maintain buildings

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Library closed Dec. 24 and 25

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Jan. 1

Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1,  the Library will be upgrading its electrical power system. During the upgrade, you will be able to search the catalog, but won't be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) will not be available at all. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Maintain buildings

Maintaining the Library buildings


Maintenance = Sustainability


We promised to maintain buildings for the next generation.


2013 Accomplishments:


  • Implemented a comprehensive preventive maintenance plan to extend the life of our facilities
  • Increased building, custodial and engineering services
  • Enhanced fire safety of stairwells, added sewer bypass and improved escalator safety at the Central Library 
  • Improved parking lots at the Columbia and Southwest branches
  • Refurbished plaster ceiling at the West Seattle Branch

2013 Spending: $1.9 million

Libraries for All : Investing in Experiences
12,000+ more hours spent on maintence. "Our libraries are an investment in our future, and are a source of pride for our community. Thank you for protecting our investment!" - Central Library patron

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