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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: 11/07/2011

The Seattle Public Library is a five-star library in Library Journal's national ranking of public libraries

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The Seattle Public Library has been awarded the top rating of five stars among large libraries for the second year in a row in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service 2011.


Library Journal is the library field's leading professional publication and developed its national ranking of public libraries based on per capita statistics for library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use. This year's ratings were based on 2009 data that libraries reported to the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Library Journal rated 7,513 public U.S. libraries and only 262 received ratings of three, four or five stars. Libraries were grouped according to annual expenditures and then rated according to the four statistical categories.


The Seattle Public Library was one of only five libraries in the country with expenditures of $30 million or higher to receive a five-star rating. The others included three public libraries in Ohio and the Multnomah County Public Library.


"We are extremely proud to receive this recognition," said Seattle City Librarian Marcellus Turner. "We have been ranked one of the best library systems in the country based on the use of our services. This shows the high value and importance our community places on our public libraries and the resources we provide. We continue to be a well-loved, well-used system."

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