Investing in the future
In 2012, Seattle voters improved access to critical educational, literacy and economic opportunity resources for every resident by passing a seven-year, $123 million Library levy.
The levy is helping restore core services cut during the prolonged recession. It also protects a bold vision that Seattle voters approved in 1998 called "Libraries for All," which resulted in the world-renowned Central Library and new and renovated branch libraries across the city.
The levy provides an average of $17 million annually to stabilize funding, support the Library's Strategic Plan and Service Priorities and address four areas identified by the community:
Key accomplishments in 2014 included:
- Retained more than 6,000 new open hours systemwide
- Open 52 weeks a year
- All locations open Sunday
- 7-day service at Columbia and Northgate branches. Visits in 2014 were up 44% over 2012
- Added nearly 16,000 new e-book and e-audiobook titles
- Added more than 37,000 new titles to the physical collection of books, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs
- Upgraded Wi-Fi infrastructure systemwide to provide faster and more reliable Internet service
- Performed important maintenance work at the Central Library and several branch libraries
For a detailed account of recent progress, please view:
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