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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: 01/23/2013

Sundays are special: Celebrate new open hours on Sundays at The Seattle Public Library

Sundays are special

For the first time in at least a century, all locations of The Seattle Public Library are open on Sunday. Expanded operating hours in 2013 are being funded by a levy approved by voters in August.


Each branch with new Sunday hours is hosting a special celebration on a Sunday through May 5. Each celebration will feature a children's craft activity taught by the Nature Consortium, refreshments and an opportunity to participate in the Check-Out Sundays Challenge. February celebrations include:



Check-Out Challenge

Patrons can get a free Check-Out Challenge card in a keepsake sleeve at any Library location. To participate in the challenge, patrons just need to visit any location of The Seattle Public Library on Sunday and get their card stamped before they leave. Patrons with 15 stamps can enter a prize drawing. Patrons who attend Sunday Branch Celebrations also receive commemorative stickers for their Check-Out Cards.


Prizes include Booklovers Baskets and lunch with City Librarian Turner. Drawings will take place in May. Patrons do not need to be present at the drawings to win prizes.


New Library cards

The Library has also unveiled five new Library cards. Four feature photographs of iconic Seattle sites: the Pike Place Market, Space Needle, Mount Rainier and Central Library. A special card for children was also designed. The Library will continue offering its current "classic card," which features the Library logo. Patrons can replace their current card for a new one in 2013 without a charge.


Bag your books
Limited-edition sturdy canvas tote bags featuring a commemoratively styled icon of your Library branch will be available for $15 (cash only) from the Friends of The Seattle Public Library.


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

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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