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December 9, 2016

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Delayed opening at Library branches

Due to the weather, all Library branches will open at noon today. Central Library will open today at regular time - 10 a.m.

OverDrive ebook issues

Some patrons report seeing incorrect ebook holds and checkouts. Please log out and back in to clear. If you are consistently seeing incorrect ebook entries please report to Ask a Librarian. We are working with OverDrive to resolve this issue.

The Library's Website may experience brief outages

On Sunday, Dec. 11, from 4 a.m. to noon, the Library's website may experience brief intermittent outages due to scheduled server maintenance.

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!

  • 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.




  • 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