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December 17, 2017

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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, Sunday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25.

Maintain buildings

Window washers at Central Library


Maintenance = Sustainability


We promised to maintain buildings for the next generation.


2016 Accomplishments:


  • Completed 12,300+ work orders to keep Library buildings clean, efficient and in good working order
  • Improved entrance accessibility and drainage at University Branch
  • Upgraded escalators at the Central Library
  • Improved lighting in the Central Library Books Spiral and at the Capitol Hill, Ballard and Douglass-Truth branches
  • Completed refurbishment of Ballard Branch and began work at High Point Branch
  • Performed carpet cleaning, high dusting, window washing and upholstery cleaning at all locations


2016 Levy Spending: $4.1 million


Leveraging Levy Investments:

  • Replaced the Fifth Avenue entrance door at Central Library to improve access - with funds from Real Estate Excise Taxes
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#ilovespl... it’s not just the books I find inspiring, but the architecture, colors, design, light, art and space. –  Erika L. Library patron