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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: 08/28/2013

No budget closure for The Seattle Public Library this year

The Seattle Public Library

For the first time since 2008, The Seattle Public Library will not implement a week-long budget closure this summer thanks to a library levy.


"Thanks to the voters of Seattle, we are able to keep our libraries open this summer," City Librarian Marcellus Turner said. "In addition to increased hours, the levy has also allowed us to expand our collection by adding more books and materials for our patrons to enjoy."


Seattle voters overwhelmingly approved a seven-year, $123 million Library levy last August to supplement city general funds for core Library services.


Visit your local Library branch to check-out your next summer read, go online to download an e-book or music, or stream a movie for the whole family to enjoy - all for free.


If you don't already have a Library card, now is a great time to sign-up. Choose one of five new Library card designs and sign up today to get access to the Library's collection of more than 2 million items for children, teens and adults. Visit to apply.


In celebration of the Library staying open this summer, the FriendShop, operated by the Friends of The Seattle Public Library, is offering a $5 discount on bags made from the banners used to promote extended Library hours on Sundays. The FriendShop is located on Level 3 of the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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