• Icon Arts and Culture

    We offer performances, exhibits, movie screenings and more—all year long.

  • Icon Basic Skills

    We offer in-person tutoring, informal conversation groups, classes, and online learning options to suit all learning styles.

  • Icon Beyond the Frame

    Beyond the Frame is a community-wide initiative revisiting the photographs of Edward S. Curtis and sparking conversations on Native identity, race and resilience, art and culture.

  • Icon Book Groups

    We host book groups for adults, children, teens, families, and low-vision, deaf and hard of hearing, and Spanish- and Chinese-speaking patrons.

  • Icon Civics & Social Services Calendar

    You can come to the Library for free tax help, veteran services, help finding a job and more.

  • Icon Civics and Social Services

    You can come to the Library for free information about how to get housing, help finding a job and more.

  • Icon College Readiness

    We can help high school students prepare for graduation and college with the help of trained volunteers at your Library.

  • Icon Criminal Justice

    Criminal justice and the impact of incarceration is a social justice topic we explore through programs, discussions and resource lists.

  • Icon Digital Equity

    Working with the City of Seattle, we promote digital equity through our programs and services.

  • Icon Early Learning

    Nurture childhood development through our early learning programs.

  • Icon Exhibits

    Visit our level 8 gallery space at the Central Library for touring exhibits, pieces from our Special Collections or works from artists addressing a current theme.

  • Icon Fresh Start

    Teens can make a Fresh Start thanks to support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the generosity of Library patrons.

  • Icon Fun and Games

    We host fun events and programs all year, both in our branches and out in the community.

  • Icon Gaming

    We offer board games, drop-in chess and video game console sessions for teens and tweens at some Library locations.

  • Icon Genealogy

    Trace your family history with our genealogy resources.

  • Icon Global Reading Challenge

    The Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program for 4th and 5th graders enrolled in Seattle Public Schools.

  • Icon Homework Help

    If you are working on a tough homework assignment or have questions about a lesson, come to the Library for Homework Help.

  • Icon Immigrant and Refugee Services

    We help immigrants and people preparing for citizenship with programs and media in English and other languages.

  • Icon Intellectual Freedom

    We are strongly committed to intellectual freedom, one of our guiding principles and the cornerstone of all public libraries.

  • Icon Job Resources

    Free job search and career development programs are offered at the Central Library and Rainier Beach branch.

  • Icon Kids and Families

    We have many free programs, events and services for kids and families.

  • Icon Kids Cafe

    Free meals and snacks are available for kids and teens in need after school during the school year and all summer long at select branches.

  • Icon Learning

    We support education and learning for students and seekers of any age.

  • Icon Learning Buddies

    Learning Buddies is an education enrichment program for K-5 students at the Beacon Hill, Columbia, Douglass-Truth, NewHolly and West Seattle branches.

  • Icon Lego Mania

    Come to your Library to build your own creation with Lego bricks.

  • Icon Library Lounge

    Raise a glass to literature in the Library Lounge, a moveable feast of events and celebrations all around Seattle that combine literature and libations.

  • Icon Library to Business

    We have resources to help you start or grow a business.

  • Icon Living Cultures

    Living Cultures is a photography exhibit that explores contemporary Native American/First Nations life of the Haida, Lummi, Tlingit, and the Kwakwaka’wakw nations by Sharon Eva Grainger with narratives by tribal elders.

  • Icon Make and Build

    Come to your Library and learn how to program robots, create a mobile app, make crafts with electrical circuits and other fun projects.

  • Icon Movies

    We screen free movies at many of our neighborhood branches and we also occasionally host curated film festivals covering a wide spectrum of topics and interests

  • Icon Museum Pass

    Your Library helps you get free admission to participating Seattle museums.

  • Icon My First Library Card

    To celebrate children getting their first Library card, children age 0 - 6 will receive a special "My First Library Card" tote bag.

  • Icon Poetry Programs

    Join us for a poetry discussion group at one of our neighborhood branches and discover new and familiar poets with fellow poetry lovers.

  • Icon Race and Social Justice

    We participate in the Mayor’s Race and Social Justice Initiative to promote and support racial equity in our workplace.

  • Icon Resources for Formerly Incarcerated

    We offer court-involved individuals, and their families, information and resources to help during and after incarceration.

  • Icon Safe Place

    The Seattle Public Library is a member of the King County Safe Place program.

  • Icon Schools and Teachers

    We offer many services to Seattle-area daycares, elementary schools, and other community agencies serving children.

  • Icon Seattle Reads

    Seattle Reads is a "one book, one city" program, where people are encouraged to read and discuss the same book.

  • Icon Social Justice

    We offer many programs that explore current social justice issues, including civil rights and intellectual freedom.

  • Icon Social Services Referrals

    We can help those facing homelessness get immediate help.

  • Icon Somali Book

    Learn about Baro Af-Soomaali, a community-created alphabet book for Somali families.

  • Icon Start Up Weekend

    Here's your opportunity to transform your ideas for improving education into action.

  • Icon Story Time

    Our story times are active learning opportunities where kids of all ages enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian.

  • Icon Student Success

    We offer programs and services to help students of all ages succeed in school.

  • Icon Summer of Learning

    We have offered summer reading and learning programs for Seattle youth since 1919.

  • Icon Tax Help

    We have partnered with AARP and the United Way of King County to offer free tax help at Library branches throughout the city.

  • Icon Technology Skills

    We offer a wide range of classes and programs to help you develop and improve the technology skills that are so important in the digital age.

  • Icon Teens

    We have great resources for teens, including free technology classes, after-school activities, Homework Help and games.

  • Icon Thrilling Tales

    Join us for Thrilling Tales, a lunchtime story time for adults, which features exciting short stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • Icon Tinkerlab

    Tinkerlab is a place where science, technology, engineering and math are fun and interactive!

  • Icon Veteran Services

    We sometimes offer drop-in help for U.S. military veterans who are currently homeless or living on low incomes.

  • Icon Your Next 5 Books

    Tell us a little bit about what you like to read and we'll email you a list of five books chosen just for you.

  • Icon Your Next Skill

    Tell us what skill you want to learn and librarians are standing by to help you!