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December 19, 2014

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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.

More books and materials

Family reading at the Library 

 

Collections = Quality

 

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

 

2013 Accomplishments:

 

  • Increased the variety and depth of the physical collection by adding 42,317 new titles
  • Added 49,664 new e-book and e-audio files
  • Bought more copies of popular materials to shorten wait times
  • Added Hoopla, a video and music streaming service with thousands of films, TV series and albums
  • Added Zinio, a digital newsstand with over 150 online magazines
  • Digitized more materials from local history collections 
  • Increased number of items a patron may place on hold from 25 to 50

 

2013 Spending: $1.9 million

 

Libraries for All : Investing in Experiences
59% increase in dollars spent on e-files. "It's like we celebrate our birthday 50 times a year with our weekly pick-up of library holds." - Southwest Branch patron

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