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November 26, 2015

Using the Library

Get Started : Valid Identification

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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.

Valid Identification


  • Identification used to get a library card must be current.
  • In most cases, the ID should have a pre-printed name and a signature or a pre-printed name and a picture, and be issued by a government agency, school, institution or business. 
  • Picture identification is required for all applications completed online through the Library's Web page.


Acceptable Identification includes, but is not limited to:


  • Washington State Driver's license
  • Washington State ID card:  issued by the Dept. of Motor Vehicles  
  • Out of State driver's license
  • Out of State identification card: issued by the Dept. of Motor Vehicles  
  • Foreign driver's license
  • United States or foreign passport
  • Alien registration card
  • Employee identification card or badge
  • Military or Merchant Marine identification
  • Credit or debit card--with signature
  • School identification card
  • Voter's registration card
  • Birth certificate--original or certified copy only
  • Washington State vehicle registration
  • Organization membership cards (For young adults below grade 12)
  • Bus pass--with photo
  • Emergency Services/Day Center/Night Center identification



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Adult Learning


Child at the Library


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