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December 10, 2016

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OverDrive ebook issues

Some patrons report seeing incorrect ebook holds and checkouts. Please log out and back in to clear. If you are consistently seeing incorrect ebook entries please report to Ask a Librarian. We are working with OverDrive to resolve this issue.

The Library's Website may experience brief outages

On Sunday, Dec. 11, from 4 a.m. to noon, the Library's website may experience brief intermittent outages due to scheduled server maintenance.

More books and materials

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Collections = Quality


We promised to provide a robust collection of books and materials.


2015 Accomplishments:


  • Increased variety and depth of the physical collection by adding more than 41,500 new titles of print books, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs
  • Added nearly 33,000 new e-book and e-audiobook titles
  • Bought 36,700+ more copies of popular materials to shorten wait times
  • Digitized 5,350 Seattle Collection items to provide greater access to the city's history
  • Launched Self-E, a self-publishing platform for local e-book writers


2015 Spending: $2.5 million


Libraries for All : Investing in Experiences
122% increase in digital circulation since 2012. "My library card is the most important card in my wallet. I am very grateful for all the services the library provides, especially the ability to download e-books." - Library patron survey comment