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February 14, 2016


Columbia Branch : Getting to the Branch

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Library Closed Monday, Feb. 15

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15.


Possible service interruption in online Library services Feb. 13 - 14

The Library will be performing maintenance on our network. While we are not expecting service interruptions during this period, there might be brief interruptions in online services. You will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but may not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) may experience outages as well. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also may be affected.

Getting to the Columbia Branch

The Columbia Branch is located on the west-side of Rainier Avenue South between South Edmunds Street and South Alaska Street.


Location of the Columbia Branch of The Seattle Public Library


Driving from the north (going south) via I-5:

  • Take I-5 exit 163 at Columbian Way.
  • Go through the first stop light after leaving the off-ramp, then get in the left hand lane.
  • Follow the arterial 1½ miles southeast to Rainier Ave. S. (Note: Stay in the left hand lane of the arterial to follow several street name changes. The arterial starts as 15th Ave. S near Jefferson Park, becomes Columbian Way and then becomes South Alaska St. before reaching Rainier Ave. )
  • Turn right on Rainier Ave. S.
  • The Columbia Branch is on the right.

Driving from the south (going north) via I-5:

  • Take I-5 exit 161 (Swift Ave.-Albro Place) toward Albro Place.
  • Turn left onto Swift Ave. S.
  • Turn right onto S. Graham St. and go east 1½ miles.
  • Turn left onto Rainier Ave. S. and go north for one mile.
  • The Columbia Branch is on the left.


Parking is available in the library parking lot on the south side of the library building.

Public Transportation Information

Served by Metro Bus Routes: 7, 8, 9, 50

Metro Bus Trip Planner (Opens a new window)


Served by Light Rail: Columbia City Station
Link Light Rail Schedule (Opens a new window)


Transportation Resource Index. Public and non-profit transportation options throughout the Puget Sound Region. (Opens a new window)

Safe Place

Columbia Branch
4721 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118



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