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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: 01/11/2013

Free tax assistance available at The Seattle Public Library

Tax help

The Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are collaborating to offer free tax preparation service January through mid-April at 11 locations of The Seattle Public Library.


Trained volunteers will answer questions and help prepare personal tax returns. The service is not available for business tax returns.


Tax assistance will be available at the times and locations listed below. Drop-in assistance will be offered on a first come, first served basis; appointments required as noted below.


Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 5, Charles Simonyi Mixing Chamber, 206-386-4636

Tuesday, Jan. 15 through Monday, April 15 - drop-ins only

  • 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays
  • Noon to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays
  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays


Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089

Monday, Feb. 4 through Monday, April 15 - drop-ins only

  • 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays


Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave N. 206-684-7519

Friday, Feb. 1 through Saturday, April 13 - drop-ins only

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays


Columbia Branch, 4721 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1908

Saturday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, April 13 - drop-ins only 

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays


Douglass-Truth Branch, 2300 E. Yesler Way, 206-684-4704

Thursday, Feb. 7 through Thursday, April 11 - by appointment only

  • 3 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursdays


Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7518

Monday, Feb. 4 through Monday, April 15 - drop-ins only

  • 3:30 p.m. to 7  p.m. Mondays


Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539

Thursday, Feb. 7 through Thursday, April 11 - drop-ins only 

  • 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays


Northgate Branch, 10458 Fifth Ave. N.E., 206-386-1980

Monday, Feb. 4 through Wednesday, April 17 - drop-ins only 

  • 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays
  • Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays


Queen Anne Branch, 400 West Garfield St., 206-386-4227

Wednesday, Feb. 6 through Wednesday, April 10

  • 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays - drop-ins only
  • 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, March 30 and April 6 - by appointment only


Rainier Beach Branch, 9125 Rainier Ave. S., 206-386-1906

Saturday, Feb. 9 through Saturday, April 13 - drop-ins only

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays


Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. S., 206-684-7455

Saturday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, April 13 - drop-in or by appointment

  • 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays


Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reproducible forms are available for photocopy for 15 cents per page at all Library locations. Please call ahead to find out if print forms are available at your branch. Most IRS forms are available online at


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

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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