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December 21, 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.

Library News Release

Release Date: 06/19/2013

Drop off batteries and cellphones June 22-26 at six branches of The Seattle Public Library


The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Call2Recycle to collect cellphones and small rechargeable batteries at six branch libraries June 22-26 as part of a friendly competition to see which neighborhood will win the title of Greenest Seattle Neighborhood.


Collection boxes will be accessible during regular open hours at the Ballard, Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, Lake City, University and West Seattle branches from Saturday, June 22 through Wednesday, June 26. Patrons can drop off rechargeable batteries commonly found in laptops and digital cameras as well as old cellphones.


"The Seattle Public Library is happy to be involved," said Chance Hunt, the Library's assistant director of community partnerships and government relations. "We're excited to see how many batteries Seattleites can donate for recycling, and to find out which neighborhood truly is the greenest."


The neighborhood whose box weighs the most will be crowned the greenest in Seattle. Boxes will be weighed at Call2Recycle's collection event June 28 at Westlake Park with the help of local celebrity John Curley. More details about the event can be found at


Call2Recycle is a nonprofit group that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers. Recycling batteries reduces landfill waste and removes potentially harmful heavy metals from the waste stream, preventing possible contamination of groundwater, soil and other natural resources. Batteries and cellphones are sorted, processed and reclaimed. Materials recovered are used to create new batteries, concrete additives and a variety of stainless steel products.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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