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Executive Director and Chief Librarian


Message from Executive Director and Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner.



Library Board of Trustees


The Library is governed by a five-member citizens' board of trustees, appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Board members serve five-year terms without pay. The board meets monthly.



The Seattle Public Library Foundation


The Seattle Public Library Foundation(Opens a new window) was established in 1980 by a group of far-sighted citizens who understood that a great Library wouldn't be possible through public funding alone.



Friends of The Seattle Public Library


The Friends of the Seattle Public Library is a non-profit, grassroots membership group dedicated to promoting Seattle's library system, which is an essential institution of our community. Our volunteer members advocate, educate, and raise funds on behalf of the Library, its patrons, and the larger Seattle community. The Friends raise funds to be used by The Seattle Public Library for activities not ordinarily covered under the Library's operating budget since ongoing Library operations are paid for by city of Seattle tax dollars and are the responsibility of our city government. The Friends currently have about 13,000 members.



Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library


The Washington Center for the Book promotes literacy and a love of books, reading, and libraries. We celebrate Washington's robust literary heritage and shine a spotlight on the contribution of reading and libraries in strengthening communities and in fostering civic engagement.