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December 22, 2014


Mobile Library Services : About Mobile Library Services

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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.

About Mobile Library Services

Serving Seattle for more than 60 years


The Seattle Public Library bookmobile services started in May, 1931, but service lasted for only one year due to lack of funding. This vehicle was a small delivery truck, fitted with reversible shelves, which meant that books were available from either the inside or the outside, but not both sides at once. Library service to children was stressed. Sixteen schools were visited, as well as the Sacred Heart Orphanage and the Washington Children's Home.


Fourteen years later, in 1947, a new bookmobile was purchased and service began again.


In 2006, Mobile Library Services implemented a Kindergarten Readiness Program with an emphasis on supporting early literacy for children from birth to five years old.


In 2007, Mobile Library Services celebrated 60 years of continuous service. While the service emphasis has shifted from community stops and visits at hospitals and schools, to nursing and retirement homes, childcare centers, and homebound and disabled individuals, the commitment to serving those who cannot use a library facility has not changed.


For more on the history of Mobile Library Services, see

To contact the Library about Mobile Services, call 206-386-4636.