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Mission Statement


Our mission is to bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community.
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Learn More About The Seattle Public Library


Library Leaders and Organizations

  • Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner
  • Library board of trustees: members, meeting schedules and agendas
  • Friends of The Seattle Public Library
  • The Seattle Public Library Foundation
  • Washington Center for the Book: Programs and contact information


Strategic Direction

  • The Seattle Public Library Strategic Direction 2017-2019 



  • The current annual budget for the Library and budgets from previous years.



  • Library Use
  • Library History


Library Careers

  • Why Work at the Library?
  • Library Job Postings
  • Job Application Form


Library News Releases
Announcements about:

  • Library services, programs and events
  • Branch openings and closings
  • Changes in Library hours


Support Your Library

  • The Seattle Public Library Foundation
  • Friends of The Seattle Public Library
  • Volunteer Opportunities
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Libraries for All: A Plan for the Present, A Foundation for the Future

  • A strong Library system contributes to the economic, educational and cultural vitality of our city. To ensure vital resources are accessible and available when people need them, the Library is considering creating a stable source of funding to help support the Library's ongoing operations.
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"Libraries for All" Building Program

  • In 1998 Seattle voters said "yes" to the largest and most comprehensive library initiative in our country's history, launching a $290.7 million project to rebuild and renew The Seattle Public Library. Ten years later, "Libraries for All" is finished - with four new libraries in communities without library service, the replacement, expansion or renovation of 22 existing branches, and a spectacular new Central Library.
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Library Use Policies

  • Approved by The Seattle Public Library board of trustees.
  • Privacy Notices 
Libraries for All Creating a Legacy
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Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library