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.
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Article & Database Help
150 years: Seattle By and By
Newspaper articles on Seattle history from The Seattle Times including photographs, resource links, and audio files.
Dorpat Sherrard Lomont
Local history blog that includes Paul Dorpat's Now and Then articles, digitized books on Seattle history, and the 1912 Baist Atlas of Seattle.
Online encyclopedia of Seattle/King County and Washington State history with links to heritage organizations in King County.
Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room
The Library's Seattle history collection. Includes print items, city documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, maps and atlases, yearbooks, oral histories, archival, and other items.
The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collection
The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collection features books, pamphlets, invitations, reports, speeches, maps, articles and more. It includes items from the collection of the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI).
Washington Territorial timeline, digitized "classic" works from Washington history, historical records database from Washington State Archives and State Library.
Washington History Day Topic Guide
Guide to finding primary sources on subjects in Pacific Northwest history. Partnership of Washington State Historical Society, Washington State Library, and Washington State Archives.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Repository for records of city agencies and elected officials. Along with indexes and guides to their holdings, online resources include Quick Facts about the City of Seattle.
Seattle Public Schools Archives
Historical records (including student records) and photographs of Seattle schools. Includes online histories of the school district.
University of Washington Libraries' Special Collections
Archival papers of prominent people and organizations of the Northwest. Other special collections include published material on the Pacific Northwest, labor history, architectural drawings, historical photographs, scrapbooks, and more.
Washington State Digital Archives
Electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value. Includes Territorial censuses and naturalization records.
Historic Resources Survey
Information and photographs of Seattle houses and commercial buildings built prior to 1906. Search by address, neighborhood, date, architect or architectural style.
Non-profit organization devoted exclusively to the preservation of Seattle's historic and architectural legacy.
King County Parcel Viewer
Search by property address, intersection, or parcel number. Links to property report with information on the building, including current taxpayer name, legal description, parcel description, historic and modern photographs, and year built.
Museum of History and Industry
Large collection of photographs on Seattle and King County from 1859 to the present. Also includes digitized Audio/Video Archive.
Local history blog featuring historic photographs and postcards of Seattle.
City of Seattle Maps
Includes various community maps, property maps, zoning maps, GIS maps, and park maps (with links to park histories).
Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970
Historic detailed maps showing streets and building footprints for Seattle (1884-1951), other Puget Sound cities, and cities of the entire United States.
King County GIS Center
Online property maps and static maps on various topics, as well as information of ordering custom GIS maps.
Search national historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, genealogies, obituaries and the complete American State Papers.
Pacific Northwest Regional Newspaper and Periodical Index
Index covering 1850's to the present. Contains citations from newspapers, periodicals, monographs, scrapbooks, dissertations, pamphlets, and other ephemera dealing with all aspects of life in Seattle, Washington State, and the Pacific Northwest.
Washington State Newsstand
Articles from Washington State newspapers including the Spokesman Review (Spokane), Wenatchee World, Herald (Everett), and Columbian (Vancouver, WA).