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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.

Library News Release

Release Date: 01/11/2013

The Seattle Public Library catalog now supports searching in more languages

The Seattle Public Library

Patrons of The Seattle Public Library can now search for items in the Library's catalog in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and other languages with non-Roman alphabets.


"The ability to provide Library catalog access in more languages helps us reach out to even more members of the community," said Marcellus Turner, city librarian.


Approximately 20,000 bibliographic records in the catalog are now searchable in their native language. Non-Roman alphabet keyboard options have been enabled on Library computers so patrons can now choose alternative character sets for catalog searching.


BiblioCommons, the vendor that provides the Library's online catalog, completed the project with support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.


For more information, contact the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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