Central Library

1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

206-386-4636

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 Exterior view of the Central Library

Central Library

1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

tel: 206-386-4636

Directions

Open for book returns from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Use Fourth Ave. plaza and book return.

Hours this week:

  1. Mon 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  2. Tue 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  3. Wed 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  4. Thu 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  5. Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  6. Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  7. Sun 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Book Return hours:

  1. Mon - Sun10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Find out which Library services are currently available.

Amenities Highlights

Though Library branches are reopening, not all services and amenities are available. Meeting rooms, study rooms and in-person programs are not yet available. Thank you for your patience.

  • Free Public Computers
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room
  • FriendShop
  • Short Edition Story Dispenser
  • Chocolati Coffee Cart
  • Paid Parking
  • Single-Occupant All-Gender Restroom
  • Multi-Stall Single-Gender Restrooms
  • Multi-Stall Single-Gender Children’s Restrooms
  • Book return box is located on the west side of the building, on Fourth Ave., to the left of the entrance
Road to Reopning

Road to Reopening

All Library locations are now open with modified hours and services, as well as public computers, Wi-Fi and restroom access. Find out more about the Library’s current services on our Road to Reopening page.

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Year of Wonder

Our Year of Wonder celebrates the unexpected delights of every season. All year long, we’ll feature collections and programs for people of every age, handpicked for every season. No matter the time of year, you’re sure to find something unexpected and delightful at the Library.

About the Central Library

The new Central Library opened May 23, 2004. The 11-floor building contains an innovative "Books Spiral," a 275-seat auditorium, and open spaces where patrons can meet, study, search the web or read. The Library has centers for children, teens and adult readers, along with expanded collections and a large computer lab. It also has underground parking for about 143 vehicles.

Central Library Photo Gallery