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February 18, 2018

Using the Library

Get Started : Library Card Designs

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Library Locator

Map of Library Locations


Library Closed Monday, Feb. 19

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19.

Library Card Designs

There are six Library card designs to choose from: 

Classic Library Card design with the Library's logo


Are you a current patron requesting a new Library card?

Your new card will have a new barcode number and will have some effect on your Library account. Here are some tips for an easy transition to your new card:


Library Catalog:

  • If you have signed up for a username, you can continue using that to log in to the Library catalog.
  • Otherwise, use your new barcode to log in to the catalog.
  • Your holds and history will be retained.

E-books and downloads

  • Download your digital materials before requesting a new card. 
  • Important: Your current holds and history will be unavailable for a few days while the information is transferred to your new card.
  • You can use your new card immediately to check out digital materials and place new holds.

Library Elf

  • Add your new barcode to your Library Elf account.

Computer Reservations

  • Ask a Library staff member to transfer your computer reservations to your new card.

Library Mobile App

  • Enter your new barcode into the mobile app, or use your catalog username to log in.