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Library Closed Monday, May 29

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog – May 28 and May 29

The Library will be performing maintenance on our catalog starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28 - 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 29. During this time, you will be able to search the Bibliocommons catalog, but will not be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal), SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

SPL Mobile App

Can I use the Library from my smart phone or other Web-enabled mobile device?

Yes. The Library has a free mobile application (app). Access your Library account, find the nearest branch, search the catalog and browse for books, CDs and DVDs while on the go!


Will it work on my phone?

The app works on all major smart phones, including iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian and J2ME.


How do I get the app?

To download the app for:

  • Most devices - Visit a new window) on your mobile device or scan the QR code on the right
  • iPhones - Visit the iTunes App Store. Search for "SPL Mobile"
  • Android Phones - Visit Google Play. Search for "SPL Mobile"
  • Windows Mobile - Visit the Windows Phone App Store.  search for "SPL Mobile"


The app is free from any source.


What does it do?

  • Scannable barcode - pull up your Library card barcode on your mobile device to check out books
  • Smart prefix search - Enter the first few letters of a word or phrase to search the catalog. For example, entering "ha pot g" into the search box finds "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
  • Search the Library's Calendar - For upcoming events and classes
  • Library locator - All Library locations include links to an interactive map
  • Ask a Librarian - by IM or phone
  • Check your account - Reserve and renew books, CDs and DVDs
  • Download Library podcasts - Featuring your favorite authors
  • Stay connected - With links to the Library's blogs and Facebook page


Need help using the app?

Ask a Librarian or call us at 206-386-4636.


Can't install or run the app?

Get technical support at

SPL Mobile works on most smart phones

Learn about our mobile app.

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