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December 20, 2014

Using the Library

Get Help : Help in Other Languages

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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.

Help in Other Languages

Can I get help in other languages?

Library staff members are fluent in many languages, including: Amharic, Arabic, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Oromo, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Ask a question - we are here to help you.


email your question

Use the online form to send your question.


Telephone the World Languages Department at 206-684-0849

Call the World Languages Department at 206-684-0849.


Ask at your local branch of the library

In person:
Visit the World Languages Department at the Central Library or one of the locations listed below.


Items in other languages


How can I find items in other languages?

The Library offers books, videos and music in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean and Japanese.














You also can view the newest books, CDs and DVDs in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Russian and reserve them online or by calling the Library at 206-615-1662.


Are there other resources?

You can read hundreds of newspapers in 35 languages online using your Library card.


Select PressDisplay(Opens a new window) on the Languages page within Databases & Web Sites.


See also World Languages Programs and English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs for information about classes, story times and book groups held in other languages.

Getting help


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