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November 26, 2015

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Get Started : Update to reciprocal use agreement

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Library Closed Thursday, Nov. 26

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26.

Revised Reciprocal Use Agreement between King County Library System and The Seattle Public Library

Effective June 1, 2015, patrons of The Seattle Public Library will have broader access to King County Library System print and electronic resources.


Patrons of The Seattle Public Library will be able to:

  • Place up to 10 physical items on hold
  • Check out up to 100 physical items
  • Place up to 10 holds on e-books and e-audiobooks
  • Check out up to 20 e-books and e-audiobooks
  • Return KCLS books to any location of The Seattle Public Library


KCLS patrons will continue to have access to all services of The Seattle Public Library. 

The boards of trustees from both library systems approved the new agreement after a year-long analysis on usage trends. The two library systems have had a reciprocal use agreement in place since 1979. The new agreement will be reviewed annually.


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A fact sheet from the King County Library System explaining the change in more detail to Seattle patrons is available at: a new window)


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