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Mission Statement : Goal 2

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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 2: Expand Seattle’s Access to Information, Ideas and Stories



Lead the nation in providing access to digital material


Build a comprehensive digital collection that is among the best in the country


Negotiate with e-publishers to make popular digital material easily available to patrons


Take a leadership role in determining the best way for libraries to preserve collections in older formats


Develop relevant and inspiring collections that meet Seattle's evolving needs and expectations


Find new and better ways to hear what the public wants in the collection


Create and collect original, non-published local interest material such as podcasts of community events and oral histories


Drive new models for improving information access and delivery


Implement state-of-the-art improvements for a user-friendly website and catalog


Re-invent the ways the Library connects information seekers with librarians and resources


Provide full access to Library materials for people with disabilities


Pilot new ways to showcase, organize and deliver collections drawing on customer feedback and best practices


Deliver innovative services such as print-on-demand stations or automated book dispensing machines in targeted locations


Summary of Goals and Objectives

Goal 1

Goal 3

Goal 4

Goal 5


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