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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.

Special Collections

The Seattle Public Library offers special collections both online and in person at the Library.

 

Special Collections Online

Online collections feature digitized materials selected from the Library's special collections, including historical photographs, documents, city directories, and much more.


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Special Collections at the Library

 

Central Library

Special collections at the Central Library include The Aviation History Collection, The Genealogy Collection, The Seattle Collection and The Albert Balch Autograph Collection.

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Discover Special Collections

The Seattle Public Library invites everyone to take a peek into the Library's Special Collections throughout the year. Join us for programs on local history, genealogy, tours of the art at the Central Library, and showings of volumes from Edward Curtis' "The North American Indian."

 

 

Douglass-Truth Branch

The African-American Collection includes material on the African-American experience in the United States, especially in the Northwest, and is located at the Douglass-Truth Branch.

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