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February 12, 2016

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Libraries for All : Libraries for All Building Program

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Library Closed Monday, Feb. 15

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15.


Possible service interruption in online Library services Feb. 13 - 14

The Library will be performing maintenance on our network. While we are not expecting service interruptions during this period, there might be brief interruptions in online services. You will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but may not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) may experience outages as well. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also may be affected.

Libraries for All

In 1998 Seattle voters said "yes" to the largest and most comprehensive library initiative in our country's history, launching a $290.7 million project to rebuild and renew The Seattle Public Library.


The "Libraries for All" building program not only set the standard for library systems across the globe - it reinvigorated Seattle's love of learning and reading.


Ten years later, we have finished the final chapter of Libraries for All. It's time to pause for a moment and look at what we've achieved - four new libraries in communities without library service, the replacement, expansion or renovation of 22 existing branches, and a spectacular new Central Library.


It's also time to thank the people of Seattle for their love of libraries. The Library's growth and success could not have been possible without the incredible support of the community, committed staff and Library Board, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, Friends of The Seattle Public Library, hundreds of dedicated volunteers, and the Mayor and City Council.


Libraries for All has cemented The Seattle Public Library's reputation as a national treasure, shared and appreciated by all. The stage is now set for generations to come.


To learn more:


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Construction Fact Sheet for each project:

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LIBRARIES FOR ALL ARCHIVE:(Opens in a new browser)

The complete text of the original March 1998 "Libraries for All" capital plan approved by voters on Nov. 3 1998.

Libraries for All logoTOUR "LIBRARIES FOR ALL" PROJECTS Opens in new window
Take a video tour of the completed projects.




Libraries for All logoTHE STORY OF "LIBRARIES FOR ALL" Opens in new window


It's time to thank the people of Seattle for their love of libraries.