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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.

Fact Sheet for 2013 Improvements at the Northeast Branch

One of City Librarian Marcellus Turner's five service priorities is redesigning spaces in our libraries to better meet the changing needs and expectations of patrons.


Improvements to the Northeast Branch were based on branch usage, circulation and demographics, and trends in library services. 


Project description:

  • Expand children's area by 50% to support early learning activities
  • Add furniture that allows families to read together
  • Add 3 catalog computers to children's area (4 total)
  • Add self-service checkout stations in children's and holds pickup areas
  • Add 3 filtered Internet computers to children's area (4 total)
  • Same number Internet computers for adults
  • Relocate holds area to accommodate children's area expansion
  • Single staff service point
    • Easier for patrons to know where to get help
    • Frees up space for other Library purposes



  • Approximately $200,000
    • Sources of funds
      • Gift from Paul G. Allen Foundation
      • Library Capital Improvement Program budget
      • Library levy funds


Key facts:

  • Highest circulating branch outside the Central Library (975,000 circulation in 2012)
  • Third most visited location (355,000 visits in 2012)
  • Higher than average population under age 11 (13.29% versus 10.8% citywide)
  • Census data show that local youth population grew 15% between 2000 and 2010
  • Youth programs draw 1,000 attendees a month
  • In July 2013, nearly 43% of the circulation was for youth materials


Key dates:

  • Oct. 5, 2013: Open house to describe improvements
  • Nov. 4, 2013: Construction starts. Open hours temporarily reduced for approximately four weeks.
  • December 2013: Construction complete. Regular open hours resume.
  • Feb. 8, 2014: Celebrate improvements
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Northeast Branch
6801 35th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115



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1 pm - 5 pm

Regional Manager:
Francesca Wainwright

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