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.
Arrangements can be made (with two weeks notice) for an escorted tour of the Central Library. To schedule a tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-615-1380 (V/TTY).
The following items are available for check out and may be reserved online using the Library's catalog or by contacting Borrower Services at 206-386-4190 or by sending an email to Ask a Librarian.
Downloadable Audio Books and e-Books
Downloadable audio books can be listened to on MP3 players or other speech systems or read on Braille systems, Braille Palms, and other hand held devices. E-books can be read using adaptive computer speech programs. The Library has more than 18,000 e-books and more than 14,000 downloadable audio books.
See Digital Books & Music for more information and a complete list of titles.
Descriptive Video Service (DVS)
Descriptive Video Service (DVS) provides an audio track with description that enhances the film experience for blind and low-vision people. The descriptions add information related to the setting, characters' attire, and facial expressions during breaks in the film dialogue.
View a complete list of DVS films in the catalog.
Receive Notices by Telephone or Email
The Library can notify you by telephone or email when items are overdue or items on hold are available for pick-up. TeleCirc, our telephone notification system, does not work with TTYs. To arrange to receive notices, contact your branch library or Borrower Services at 206-386-4190 or email Ask a Librarian.
Need Help? Ask a Librarian
Librarians provide online help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through Ask a Librarian. Patrons may get help via live chat, email, text message, or by telephone (206-386-4636). No downloads or plug-ins are required.
Ask a Librarian can help with homework or research, questions about Library accounts or services, book suggestions or help finding books, DVDs, CDs and other items.
See Get Help or Ask a Librarian to learn more about this service.