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Library Collection

The Library’s collection of more than 2 million items for children, teens and adults includes:

  • Books, audiobooks and large print books
  • Music (CDs) and movies (DVDs)
  • Magazines and newspapers


We also have FREE online resources - books, movies, music, audio books, newspapers and magazines - ready to download to your computer, iPod, iPhone or other portable device.


Articles & Research

Online resources selected by the Library, including:


Books, Movies & Music

Hundreds of recommended books, movies and music for children, teens and adults, including:


Digital Books & Media

FREE online books, movies and music to download to your computer, iPod, iPhone or other portable device


Government Documents

Local, state and federal publications in print, microform and electronically. The Library receives a selection of available federal documents as part of the Federal Depository Library Program.



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Special Collections

Our special collections, now available online including:

  • The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Digital Collection
  • The Northwest Art Collection
  • The Seattle Historical Photograph Collection
  • The Century 21 Exposition Digital Collection


Museum Pass

The Library's Museum Pass program enables Library cardholders reserve a pass to one any of the participating Seattle museums. Once your reservation is completed, you can print out the pass and present it to your chosen museum for admission.


World Language Collections

We have materials in dozens of languages, ranging from Amharic to Yiddish. The Central Library's Literacy, ESL, and World Languages Department has the most complete collection of world language materials. In addition to the Central Library, many of our branches have world language materials.

  • Amharic: NewHolly Branch
  • Chinese: Beacon Hill, International District / Chinatown, Lake City and Rainier Beach Branches
  • Japanese: International District / Chinatown Branch
  • Korean: International District / Chinatown Branch
  • Russian: Lake City and Northgate Branches
  • Spanish: Beacon Hill, Columbia (kids' materials), Douglass-Truth, Greenwood, Lake City, South Park and Southwest Branches
  • Somali: NewHolly Branch
  • Vietnamese: Beacon Hill, International District / Chinatown, Columbia, Delridge, Lake City and Rainier Beach Branches