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November 23, 2014

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Library Closed Thursday, Nov. 27

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 27.

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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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