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December 10, 2016

Using the Library

Get Help : Help in Other Languages

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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.

Help in Other Languages

Can I get help in other languages?

Library staff members are fluent in many languages, including: Amharic, Arabic, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Oromo, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese. Ask a question - we are here to help you.


email your question

Use the online form to send your question.


Telephone the World Languages Department at 206-684-0849

Call the World Languages Department at 206-684-0849.


Ask at your local branch of the library

In person:
Visit the World Languages Department at the Central Library or one of the locations listed below.


Items in other languages


How can I find items in other languages?

The Library offers books, videos and music in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean and Japanese.














You also can view the newest books, CDs and DVDs in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Russian and reserve them online or by calling the Library at 206-615-1662.


Are there other resources?

You can read hundreds of newspapers in 35 languages online using your Library card.


Select PressReader(Opens a new window) on the Languages page within Databases & Web Sites.


See also World Languages Programs and English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs for information about classes, story times and book groups held in other languages.

Getting help


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