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February 13, 2016

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Get Started : Update to reciprocal use agreement

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Library Closed Monday, Feb. 15

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15.

 

Possible service interruption in online Library services Feb. 13 - 14

The Library will be performing maintenance on our network. While we are not expecting service interruptions during this period, there might be brief interruptions in online services. You will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but may not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) may experience outages as well. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also may be affected.

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

Effective June 1, 2015, Seattle residents have broader access to King County Library System print and electronic resources.

 

Seattle residents who register for a KCLS card may:

  • 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

 

Residents of the KCLS service area 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: https://www.kcls.org/usingthelibrary/card/spl.cfm(Opens a new window)

 

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