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December 20, 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: 03/04/2013

The Seattle Public Library offers free film and music streaming via hoopla


The Seattle Public Library now offers access to hoopla, a new online film and music digital media service.


Patrons can access hoopla from the Library's website ( or via the free hoopla app available for mobile devices. The hoopla service offers thousands of movie, music and television titles online for free. Content is viewable on any mobile device running Apple iOS 5.0+ and via multiple Internet browsers.


Thousands of titles are available via hoopla, including videos from PBS like "Nova" and "American Experience," kids programs including "Arthur" and "Bill Nye the Science Guy," and popular music selections from artists across genres including Death Cab for Cutie, Tom Waits, Louis Armstrong and Wu-Tang Clan.


"The Seattle Public Library is the first library in the nation to offer hoopla, a new video and music service just for libraries," said Kirk Blankenship, electronic resources librarian. "We strive to meet the needs of our patrons and hoopla is a fantastic resource to bring video and music to the Seattle community."


Content on hoopla is always available - no waitlists or holds necessary. Each user gets 20 downloads per month in any format.


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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