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December 20, 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.

Library Collection

The Library’s collection of more than 2 million items for children, teens and adults includes:

  • Books, audiobooks and large print books
  • Music (CDs) and movies (DVDs)
  • Magazines and newspapers


We also have FREE online resources - books, movies, music, audio books, newspapers and magazines - ready to download to your computer, iPod, iPhone or other portable device.


Articles & Research

Online resources selected by the Library, including:


Books, Movies & Music

Hundreds of recommended books, movies and music for children, teens and adults, including:


Digital Books & Media

FREE online books, movies and music to download to your computer, iPod, iPhone or other portable device


Government Documents

Local, state and federal publications in print, microform and electronically. The Library receives a selection of available federal documents as part of the Federal Depository Library Program.



Subscribe to a podcast feed of author readings and other Library events, or our special feed for teens or Library professionals. Download hundreds of FREE recordings featuring your favorite authors.


Special Collections

Our special collections, now available online including:

  • The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collection
  • The Northwest Art Collection
  • The Seattle Historical Photograph Collection
  • The Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection


Museum Pass

The Library's Museum Pass program enables Library cardholders reserve a pass to one any of the participating Seattle museums. Once your reservation is completed, you can print out the pass and present it to your chosen museum for admission.