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December 20, 2014


Central Library : Photos & Videos

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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.

Central Library Photos & Videos

The Central Library, with its dramatic exterior planes, light-filled interior spaces and extraordinary use of color, is already the subject of many photographs and other art works. Here is a selection of images.


A Library For All: Seattle's New Central Library(Opens a new window) - May 26, 2004
The Seattle Channel presents a half-hour documentary on the opening of the new downtown library. 'A Library for All' features behind the scenes planning with former City Librarian Deborah Jacobs, staff and architects; footage of project architect Rem Koolhass; interviews with library board members; and a tour of the new building with Jacobs.


Additional images are included in many newspaper and magazine articles about the building. To locate those, see links in Media Profiles.


For information about taking photos or filming in the Central Library, see Photography and Filming in the Central Library.

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