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December 19, 2014

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Library Use Policies : Fees for Printing, Photocopying, and Faxing

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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.

Fees for Printing, Photocopying, and Faxing


To provide a policy to charge patrons for the value-added service of computer printouts, faxes and photocopies. The policy must be equitable for our patrons and support the Seattle Public Library in its efforts to be good stewards of its resources. The Library underscores its commitment to provide free basic library services. For the purposes of this policy, basic library services include, but are not limited to research and reference services and online searching of remote databases.



  • RCW 27.12.270
  • AGO 1992 No. 31
  • Seattle Public Library Policy #6d: Free Use of Library Services
  • American Libraries Association's "Fees for Public Libraries: An Issue Statement"
  • Seattle Public Library Mission Statement



It is the policy of the Seattle Public Library to charge for faxes, photocopying and printing at public-access computers to defray financial costs, conserve resources and ensure equity-of-access standards. Discretionary guidelines will be established to help staff make exceptions to this policy in a uniform, unbiased, and non-discriminatory manner.


DATE ADOPTED: August 19, 2003


Fees for Printing, Photocopying and Faxing adopted Aug. 22, 2000.