• Icon 2020 Adult Book Bingo

    Every summer we partner with Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) to create a Summer Book Bingo card for adults. If you achieve bingo or blackout, you will be entered to win fabulous prizes!

  • Icon 2020 Census

    We offer resources and information sessions to help you complete your 2020 census form. By April 1, 2020, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census, and you can respond online, by phone or by mail.

  • Icon 2020 Teen Library Challenge

    Read, watch, learn and play all summer long with our downloadable activity challenge for teens.

  • Icon Art on the Plaza

    Join us each August for a series of programs on the 4th Avenue plaza at the Central Library. 

  • Icon Arts Programs

    We host free arts programs and music and dance performances throughout the year.

  • Icon Ask Us

    We are here to look up information for you, help you with your Library account, offer reading recommendations and more.

  • Icon Banned Books in Drag

    Some of Seattle’s best drag artists and comedians give performances inspired by their favorite banned books.

  • Icon Basic Skills

    We offer in-person tutoring, informal conversation groups, classes, and online learning options to suit all learning styles.

  • Icon Begin with Books

    Nurture a love of learning with our “Begin with Books” theme kits for children ages 0-6.

  • Icon Beyond the Frame

    Beyond the Frame was a community-wide initiative revisiting the photographs of Edward S. Curtis to spark conversations on Native identity, race and resilience, art and culture.

  • Icon Bird Week

    We celebrated Seattle Bird Week April 23-30. In partnership with the Seward Park Audubon Center and other local organizations, we hosted nature writing classes, bird sketching and more.

  • Icon Book Groups

    We host book groups for adults, children, teens, families, and low-vision, deaf and hard of hearing, and Spanish- and Chinese-speaking patrons.

  • Icon Books on Bikes

    Books on Bikes brings our Library services to community events around Seattle.

  • Icon Booktoberfest

    Each fall, our librarians visit your favorite bars and pubs for Booktoberfest, our celebration of books, beer and good cheer.

  • Icon Citizenship Help

    We have free classes and resources to help you prepare to become a United States citizen.

  • Icon College Readiness

    We can help high school students prepare for graduation and college with the help of trained volunteers at your Library.

  • Icon Community Conversations

    Executive Director and Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner invites you to join him in a discussion about current and future Library services at a series of "Community Conversations." Everyone is invited to attend these conversations. Thank you for sharing your ideas for the future of The Seattle Public Library.

  • Icon Community Programs

    We offer free programs and events to strengthen our community and celebrate Seattle’s many cultures.

  • Icon Criminal Justice

    In 2017 our social justice series focused on Criminal Justice through a range of community partnerships, programs and resources.

  • Icon Digital Creativity

    Learn how to use the latest technology for creative projects.

  • Icon Digital Equity

    Working with the City of Seattle, we promote digital equity through our programs and services.

  • Icon Digital Learning

    Our digital media learning programs are designed as a fun way for the community to learn how to use digital media to succeed at work, school, and life in general.

  • Icon Early Learning

    It’s never too early to share #SPLJOY! Nurture childhood development through our early learning programs.

  • Icon Environmental Equity

    From 2018 to 2019 our social justice series focused on Environmental Equity through a range of community partnerships, programs and resources.

  • Icon Equity at the Library

    We actively commit our programs and resources to help eliminate institutional racism.

  • Icon Exhibits

    Visit our level 8 gallery space at the Central Library for touring exhibits, pieces from our Special Collections or works from artists addressing a current theme.

  • Icon Financial Literacy Month

    Join us for Financial Literacy Month (formerly Money Smart Week), a financial literacy campaign designed to help you manage your personal finances.

  • Icon Fresh Start

    Share joy with a teen who owes Library fines or fees when you support our Fresh Start program.

  • Icon Gaming

    Experience the joy of board games, chess and video game console sessions at your Library.

  • Icon Genealogy

    Trace your family history with our genealogy resources.

  • Icon Global Reading Challenge

    The Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program for 4th and 5th graders enrolled in Seattle Public Schools.

  • Icon Graphic Medicine

    "Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn!" is a traveling banner exhibit that explores how the increasingly popular field of graphic medicine uses comics to tell personal stories of illness and health. The exhibit was on view at Central Library from May 21 to June 30, 2018.

  • Icon Homelessness

    In 2016 our social justice series focused on the homelessness crisis through a range of community partnerships, programs and resources.

  • Icon Homework Help

    If you are working on a tough homework assignment or have questions about a lesson, come to the Library for Homework Help.

  • Icon Immigrant and Refugee Services

    We help immigrants and people preparing for citizenship with programs and media in English and other languages.

  • Icon Indigenous Sovereignty

    Join us for programs celebrating Indigenous Sovereignty.

  • Icon Indigenous Stewardship

    Protecting the x̌ʷəlč: Indigenous Stewardship of the Salish Sea exhibit illuminated how water is intertwined in every aspect of living.

  • Icon Intellectual Freedom

    We are strongly committed to intellectual freedom, one of our guiding principles and the cornerstone of all public libraries.

  • Icon Job Resources

    Looking for a job? Free job and career development resources are available!

  • Icon Kids and Families Spanish Calendar

    Organizamos decenas de eventos gratuitos en español o bilingües para niños cada mes.

  • Icon Kids Cafe

    Free meals and snacks are available for kids and teens in need after school during the school year and all summer long at select branches.

  • Icon Know Your Rights

    We can help you understand your legal rights as an immigrant or refugee.

  • Icon Ladies Musical Club

    We host frequent concerts sponsored by the Ladies Musical Club, an organization of women whose mission is to foster appreciation of classical music in the Seattle community through education, performance and awards.

  • Icon Learning Buddies

    Learning Buddies is an education enrichment program for K-5 students at the Beacon Hill, Columbia, Douglass-Truth, NewHolly and West Seattle branches.

  • Icon Legendary Children

    Legendary Children is a late night of extravagant style that spotlights all the gorgeousness of QTPOC communities.

  • Icon Lego Mania

    Come to your Library to build your own creation with Lego bricks.

  • Icon LGBTQ

    The Library is a place for everyone, including people of all gender identities. We work with local organizations and community members to offer programming for LGBTQ patrons and allies.

  • Icon Library Link

    Library Link is a collaboration between The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Public Schools to connect grade K-12 students with online resources and media.

  • Icon Library Lounge

    Raise a glass to literature in the Library Lounge, a moveable feast of events and celebrations all around Seattle that combine literature and libations.

  • Icon LibraryLab

    LibraryLab is a place where science, technology, engineering and math are fun and interactive!

  • Icon Living Cultures

    Living Cultures is a photography exhibit that explores contemporary Native American/First Nations life of the Haida, Lummi, Tlingit, and the Kwakwaka’wakw nations by Sharon Eva Grainger with narratives by tribal elders.

  • Icon Make and Build

    Come to your Library and learn how to program robots, create a mobile app, make crafts with electrical circuits and other fun projects.

  • Icon Microsoft Imagine Academy

    Learn technology skills online through the Microsoft Imagine Academy, and take your MOS or MTA certification exams for free.

  • Icon Mobile Library Services

    With Mobile Library Services, we ensure that everyone in Seattle has access to information, ideas, and stories.

  • Icon Movies

    We screen free movies at many of our neighborhood branches and we also occasionally host curated film festivals covering a wide spectrum of topics and interests

  • Icon Museum Pass

    Your Library helps you get free admission to participating Seattle museums.

  • Icon Music and Performance

    We offer free performances all year at many of our branches and other locations.

  • Icon My First Library Card

    To celebrate children getting their first Library card, children age 0 - 6 will receive a special "My First Library Card" tote bag.

  • Icon Poetry

    Join us for a poetry discussion group at one of our neighborhood branches and discover new and familiar poets with fellow poetry lovers.

  • Icon Race and Social Justice

    We participate in the Mayor’s Race and Social Justice Initiative to promote and support racial equity in our workplace.

  • Icon Resources for the Formerly Incarcerated

    We offer court-involved individuals, and their families, information and resources to help during and after incarceration.

  • Icon Safe Place

    The Seattle Public Library is a member of the King County Safe Place program.

  • Icon School Break Activities

    During each school break, the Library plans fun activities! From teen reading challenges to summer learning, we have something for kids of all ages.

  • Icon Schools and Teachers

    We offer many services to Seattle-area daycares, elementary schools, and other community agencies serving kids and teens.

  • Icon Seattle Reads

    Seattle Reads is a "one book, one city" program, where people are encouraged to read and discuss the same book.

  • Icon Seattle Writes

    Explore free classes and workshops on creative writing and publishing.

  • Icon Sharing our Voices

    Watch animated oral histories that focus on the LGBTQ community. These short films were produced by the Library as part of Sharing Our Voices, a project designed to preserve the oral histories of Seattle's distinct communities.

  • Icon Social Justice Series

    We look at race and social justice issues with communities that are most affected by them.

  • Icon Social Services Referrals

    Our Community Resource Specialist can help you find shelter, mental health counseling, job training, food assistance, legal help, domestic violence support or medical help. We also loan Wi-Fi hotspots and books to those living in encampments.

  • Icon Somali Book

    We work with Seattle’s Somali community to publish Somali books for children.

  • Icon Southwest Artist Showcase

    Each year we display works by local artists at the Southwest Branch.

  • Icon Special Collections

    Our Special Collections celebrate Seattle’s history and place in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Icon Spilled Ink

    Spilled Ink Music and Art Night is a free, fun after-hours celebration of Ballard High School musicians, artists and writers.

  • Icon Story Time

    Our story times are active learning opportunities where kids of all ages enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children's librarian.

  • Icon Storyhood

    Story’hood is a series of workshops where you can learn to design a location based game.

  • Icon Student Success

    We offer programs and services to help students of all ages succeed in school.

  • Icon Summer of Learning

    We have offered summer reading and learning programs for Seattle youth since 1919.

  • Icon Tax Help

    We partner with AARP and The United Way of King County to offer free Tax Help, however in 2020 our partners have suspended in-person Tax Help until further notice.

  • Icon Technology for Beginners

    If you are new to using computers or the internet, we can help. Come to your Library for a one-to-one Tech Help session, or attend one of our technology classes.

  • Icon Technology Skills

    We offer a wide range of classes and programs to help you develop and improve the technology skills that are so important in the digital age.

  • Icon Teen Service Learning Opportunities

    Our Teen Services librarians offer service learning opportunities for high school students.

  • Icon Thrilling Tales

    Join us for Thrilling Tales, a lunchtime story time for adults, which features exciting short stories that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  • Icon Veteran Services

    We sometimes offer drop-in help for U.S. military veterans who are currently homeless or living on low incomes.

  • Icon WA Center for the Book

    The Washington Center for the Book promotes literacy, celebrates our state’s robust literary heritage, and highlights the way libraries and reading help strengthen communities and foster civic engagement.

  • Icon Your Next 5 Books

    Tell us a little bit about what you like to read and we'll email you a list of five books chosen just for you.

  • Icon Your Next Job

    Get free one-on-one help with job and unemployment questions. Disponible también en español. “您的下一份工作”服务也用中文进行。

  • Icon Your Next Skill

    Tell us what skill you want to learn and librarians are standing by to help you!