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.
To request service, please contact 206-386-4636 or email Ask a Librarian. Please note: there is currently a waiting list for services to preschools and childcare centers and some services to adult group residential homes. Thank you for your patience.
Preschool or childcare centers:
Mobile Library Services serves preschools and childcare centers that:
- Are within the Seattle city limits
- Have at least 20 children enrolled
- Are full-day and open year-round (exceptions made for Head Start/ECEAP and similar programs)
- Are unable to take children to a branch library regularly
We offer two types of monthly service:
- The big walk-on bookmobile visits the childcare center and teachers and children come aboard and check out library materials OR
- We deliver a one-box (35 items) or two-box (70 items) deposit collection of materials we select based on the center's requests, preferences and themes for the month.
Library Home Service is available to Seattle residents who are physically unable to visit a branch library, by reason of disability or infirmity, for a period of six months or longer. Physical disability must be certified by a medical professional. A Certification of Eligibility of homebound status is not required from persons over 70. All others must complete and return a form that verifies their qualifying circumstances. SPL Home Service delivers library materials once a month, either by mail or delivery.
The Library provides monthly delivery of Library materials to retirement homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult family homes when a significant number of residents in that facility are unable to use regular branch library services due to age or physical or mental disability. Participating facilities must demonstrate interest in participation in the program on the part of residents and complete an application form. In order for Library staff to be able to bring materials for residents to browse into the facility, these facilities must provide:
- Convenient access that would allow staff to bring wheeled carts into the building, and parking for a 20 ft. Library van.
- A central lobby or activity room large enough to accommodate the Library’s mobile browsing units as well as library staff and residents, including tables to place materials.