The Future of The Seattle Public Library

Join Marcellus Turner, Executive Director and Chief Librarian, in a Community Conversation about the future of The Seattle Public Library. At three Community Conversations this fall, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Tell the chief librarian how the Library can better serve you and your neighborhood
  • Learn about innovative services that are meeting changing community needs
  • Understand how the Library’s goals and priorities support learning for everyone
  • Find out results from a recent patron survey on Library programs and services

Join the conversation

Strategic Direction

Sept. 26 & Oct. 21, 2017

The Library's 2017-2019 Strategic Direction will guide the Library through the completion of its public levy-funded work plan ending in 2019. Participants learned how the Library's goals and service priorities support the community and shared their ideas.  

Technology & Access

June 3, 2017

Our goal is to serve as Seattle's primary point of access to information, lifelong learning, economic development and creative expression through innovative use of technology and digital resources. Participants learned about Library technology programs and digital equity efforts and shared their ideas.

Community Engagement

Nov. 3, 2016

Our goal is to offer Library programs, services and collections that reflect community needs and interests, feature community voices and create meaningful experiences. A panel of experts discussed how we support artists and the arts in Seattle. Participants asked questions and shared ideas.

Co-sponsored with KEXP, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, the City of Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture, the Office of Film + Music, Seattle Center and media sponsor CityArts.

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Re-Imagined Spaces

April 21, 2016

Our goal is to adapt and energize Library spaces for new uses in keeping with changing services, programs, interests and needs of Library users and the changing ways that they use Library spaces. Participants learned about upcoming projects and shared their ideas.

Co-sponsored with AIA Seattle, Design in Public and Space.City.

Seattle Culture & History

Feb. 23, 2016

Our goal is to connect our community with our diverse local culture and history through compelling collections, expert assistance, innovative partnerships and engaging programs. Participants learned about our historical resources and shared their ideas.

Co-sponsored with the Association of King County Historical Organizations.

Youth & Family Learning

Oct. 8, 2015

Our goal is to provide Library services that support youth and families in academic success, career readiness and life. Participants learned about our youth programs and shared their ideas.

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