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September 19, 2017

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Collections = Quality

 

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

 

2016 Accomplishments:

 

  • Increased variety and depth of the physical collection by adding more than 43,000 new titles to print books, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs
  • Added 56,000+ new e-book and e-audiobook files
  • Bought 33,000+ more copies of popular materials to shorten wait times
  • Added access to more than 8,000 digital comics and magazines
  • Digitized 5,000+ Seattle Collection items to provide greater access to the city's history, including Bungalow Magazine (1912-1918) and more than 2,400 photos of the Space Needle construction, launching the George Gulacsik Photograph Collection 

 

2016 Levy Spending: $2.7 million

 

Leverage Levy Investments:

  • Launched PlayBack, an online local music collection curated by a jury of Seattle music experts to share local music with patrons -- with funds from The Seattle Public Library Foundation
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#ilovespl because it was there with books when I was a kid, and now it’s there with books for my son! – Sarah N.R., Library patron