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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.

Community Conversations

City Librarian Marcellus Turner invites you to join him in a discussion about current and future Library services at a series of "Community Conversations." 


The meetings are organized around Turner's five Library service priorities: youth and family learning; technology and access; community engagement; Seattle culture and history; and re-imagined spaces.


Join the Conversation!


Upcoming conversation:

  • Technology and Access: Serve as Seattle's primary point of access to information, lifelong learning, economic development and creative expression through innovative use of technology and digital resources.
    10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017 
    2100 Building
    2100 24th Ave. S.


Join Seattle City Librarian Marcellus Turner in a Community Conversation on how the Library can improve technology services for you! Also:


  • Hear from local groups leading technology initiatives that support Seattle students, small businesses, immigrants and refugees and the insecurely housed
  • Learn about cool technology and online resources offered by the Library - bring your smartphone, tablet or other device
  • Meet friends and neighbors, or network with other community organizations involved in digital literacy efforts


 Light refreshments provided.


Previous conversations:

  • Community Engagement: Offer Library programs, services and collections that reflect community needs and interests, feature community voices and create meaningful experiences.


5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
KEXP Studio Gathering Space
472 1st Ave. N.
Co-sponsored with KEXP, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, the City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture, the Office of Film + Music, Seattle Center and media sponsor CityArts.


Watch highlights of this event:




  • Seattle Culture and History: Connect our community with our diverse local culture and history through compelling collections, expert assistance, innovative partnerships and engaging programs.
    11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
    Central Library
    1000 Fourth Ave.
    Level 4, Washington Mutual Foundation Meeting Room 1 
    Co-sponsored with the Association of King County Historical Organizations.
    Meeting recap


  • Youth and Family Learning: Provide Library services that support youth and families in academic success, career readiness and life.
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
    NewHolly Gathering Hall
    7054 32nd Ave. S.
    Co-sponsored with Seattle Housing Authority and Seattle Public Schools
    Meeting recap


Everyone is invited to attend the Library's "Community Conversations." Thank you for sharing your ideas for the future of Library services.


For more information, please Ask a Librarian or call the Library at 206-386-4636.



Community Conversations

Marcellus Turner, city librarian

Community Conversations Recap:

What we're hearing