Central Library

1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104

206-386-4636

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 Exterior view of the Central Library

Central Library

1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104

tel: 206-386-4636

Directions

Open for book returns Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Use Fourth Ave. plaza and book return.

Hours this week:

  1. Mon 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  2. Tue 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  3. Wed 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  4. Thu 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  5. Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  6. Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  7. Sun 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Book Return hours:

  1. Mon - Fri8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  2. Sat - Sun8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Holiday closure information.

Amenities Highlights

Access to the Seattle Room on Level 10 is available by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Chocolati coffee cart is closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Free Public Computers
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hugh and Jane Ferguson Seattle Room
  • FriendShop
  • Short Edition Story Dispenser
  • Paid Parking
  • Single-Occupant All-Gender Restroom
  • Multi-Stall Single-Gender Restrooms
  • Multi-Stall Single-Gender Children’s Restrooms
  • Book return box is located on the west side of the building, on Fourth Ave., to the left of the entrance

 Stream movies & TV with your Library card

Stream movies & TV with your Library card

Use your Library card to stream movies and TV to your phone, computer or smart TV. Access over 6,000 popular movies and shows on Hoopla or select from over 30,000 independent, classic and other films on Kanopy.

View the Helix Collection

Explore late the late 1960s counterculture with the Helix

Browse digitized editions of the Helix, Seattle's first underground newspaper.

The Helix was published from March 1967 to June 1970 and covered events such as police misconduct and brutality, riots in American cities, assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and others, the Vietnam War, Native American fishing rights and more.

About the Central Library

The new Central Library opened May 23, 2004. The 11-floor building contains an innovative "Books Spiral," a 275-seat auditorium, and open spaces where patrons can meet, study, search the web or read. The Library has centers for children, teens and adult readers, along with expanded collections and a large computer lab. It also has underground parking for about 143 vehicles.

Central Library Photo Gallery