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Mission Statement : Goal 3

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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 3: Empower Seattle’s Distinctive Communities and Vibrant Neighborhoods



Bring Library resources to where people are


Establish a system-wide, coordinated outreach program to ensure Library staff know and participate in the life of the communities and neighborhoods we serve


Use online communities to reach new audiences


Establish the Library as a civic focal point and resource hub for Seattle's communities


Convene civic conversations where neighbors have a voice in discussing issues that matter


Become the best one-stop source for accurate information about government services


Connect our most vulnerable community members with information and services that improve their quality of life


Develop dynamic programming, services and spaces shaped by teens for teens


Welcome immigrants and refugees with relevant collections, services and connections


Adapt spaces and services to support Seattle's vibrant neighborhoods


Charge Library staff to become the go-to contacts for well-rounded, current information on neighborhood activities


Develop resources, services and staff to reflect the personality and needs of the neighborhoods we serve


Re-shape our policies and practices to maximize patron access to computers, meeting rooms and study areas


Employ creative space planning to make Library buildings flexible and responsive to patron priorities as less space is needed to house physical collections


Experiment with new ways to harness volunteer energy and capacity


Summary of Goals and Objectives

Goal 1

Goal 2

Goal 4

Goal 5


Read the complete Strategic Plan




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