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December 20, 2014

Using the Library

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Library closed Dec. 24 and 25

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25.


Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Jan. 1

Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1,  the Library will be upgrading its electrical power system. During the upgrade, you will be able to search the catalog, but won't be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) will not be available at all. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Using the Library

There is more to do at the Library than you might ever imagine!

Sure, you can find a book or do some research. But don't stop there. The Library is overflowing with ideas, information, activities and services.


Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Take DVDs home or download music
  • Listen to award-winning authors talk about their books
  • Get homework help in English or Spanish
  • Learn to use a computer
  • Enjoy a story time with your toddler
  • Get help with literacy or English as a Second Language.
  • Ask a Librarian by phone, email or online chat 24/7


... and much, much more!


It's all free - and it's all at your Library.


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Get a Library Card, learn how to check out and return items, sign up for email newsletters and podcasts or learn how to use the Library.


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Explore the Collection


Our extensive collection has more than 2 million items - including books, DVDs and CDsdownloadable e-books, audiobooks, music and video; online reference resources; and special collections.


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Using the Catalog


Learn how to create a username, search the catalog, place a hold, submit an Interlibrary Loan request and make a purchase suggestion.


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Attend Events & Classes


Don't miss out on free activities, including classes and special events for Children, Teens, Adults, World Languages speakers and English as a Second Language (ESL) students.


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Visit the Library


Plan a visit by getting information on hours and locations, computer equipment and meeting and study rooms.


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Get Help


Library staff and volunteers are always happy to help you. You can Ask a Librarian, get Homework Help, or get help for ADA/Special Services visitors or in other languages.


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