About the Library

Mission Statement : Goal 1

Header Image
Support your Library

Library Locator

Map of Library Locations


Library Closed Monday, May 29

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog – May 28 and May 29

The Library will be performing maintenance on our catalog starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28 - 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 29. During this time, you will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but will not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal), SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Goal 1: Fuel Seattle’s Passion for Reading, Personal Growth and Learning



Build community around books


Re-imagine the Library's role in introducing readers to new books and helping readers choose the next book


Provide more ways for people to join conversations about books and culture


Strengthen the Library's contribution to the education of Seattle's youth


Lead the movement to provide crucial early learning experiences for Seattle's young children


Ensure every teacher and school administrator is aware of the Library's ability to provide students with homework assistance, access to technology and diverse collections


Develop resources that support school curriculums through collaborative relationships with educators


Actively join civic efforts to close educational achievement gaps


Be Seattle's source for high-quality free instruction and programs to support personal growth


Ensure the people of Seattle have the skills to find, evaluate and use information


Create learning opportunities with public, private and nonprofit partners that maximize the best of Library and community resources


Develop intergenerational programming that inspires people to share stories across ages and cultures


Expand adult instruction and programming to engage Seattle's large young adult and growing senior populations


Integrate learning into daily life


Establish the Library as the first source for practical information on commonly shared life challenges such as parenting, personal finances, education, health and aging


Create a platform where librarians, individuals and organizations can exchange knowledge on topics of interest to the community


Transform the Library into a learning lab where anyone can experiment with new technologies


Summary of Goals and Objectives

Goal 2

Goal 3

Goal 4

Goal 5


Read the complete Strategic Plan




In the news

My Library - The next generation
Employee shelving books