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December 19, 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.

Help Seattle Students Succeed

Homework Help Volunteer assisting students

“It’s been really gratifying over the years, helping kids and teens  become successful learners.”

— Homework Helper,
Lake City Branch


Help Seattle Students Succeed


We are seeking Homework Help volunteers to assist K-12 students throughout the upcoming school year.


Homework Help: Volunteer Qualifications


  • Adults who are well-rounded academically and enjoy helping students learn.
  • Patient, flexible and comfortable interacting with students of all ages, individually and in small groups on a drop-in basis.
  • Completion of at least one year of college or vocational school.
  • Strong English and/or mathematics skills.
  • Experience with youth. Individuals who have teaching or tutoring experience are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Available to be scheduled for weekly two-hour shifts when the Seattle Public Schools are in session. Those who cannot make weekly commitments can be scheduled as substitutes at least twice a month.

Apply Now

Please send your volunteer application to our Volunteer Services Coordinator ( or fax: 206-386-4129) to be considered for next school year's volunteer openings. Interviews will take place in July and August (and as needed during the year).

Interested in other ways to help? See more Volunteer Opportunities.