Find out how to serve food and drinks at your event at the Central Library
You are welcome to bring food and drinks to your event at the Central Library. Here is what you need to know.
Do you have any special food and beverage rules?
Please talk to us about your plans for food and beverages prior to your event. Email us or call the Meeting Room Information Line at 206-733-9608, and we can help you have a great event that stays within the Library guidelines. Please keep in mind that we do not allow the use of candles, incense, or any other materials associated with smoke and/or fire.
Is there a fee for serving food in the Library?
Yes, a minimum of $50 will be charged depending on the event.
May I use a caterer at my event?
Yes, and there are many caterers with experience working at events at the Central Library:
401 Cedar St.
4216 6th Ave. NW
|The Catering Company*||16149 Redmond Way #410
12640 NE 4th St.
|Eat Drink with Eric Bauer||
4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE
301Queen Ave. N
309 So. Cloverdale S.# B4
|Harried & Hungry*||1415 3rd Ave.
2536 Alki Ave. S.W. #93
|Ingallina’s Box Lunches||
135 S. Lucille St.
559 NE 80th St.
|Catering by McCormick & Schmick’s*||
9404 E.Marginal Way So.
100 Mercer St.
|Ravishing Radish Catering||
1801 E. Marion St.
|Ray’s Boathouse Catering||
6049 Seaview Ave. N.W.
|206-789-6309, ext. 216|
|Seasoned in Seattle||5013 Bowen Pl S.
|Specialtys Café & Bakery*||
1023 Third Ave.
|Tuxedos & Tennis Shoes||9131 California Ave. SW.
|206-932-1059, ext. 307|
|Twelve Baskets*||11251 20th Ave. NE, Suite 110
8420 Greenwood Ave. No.
|Pyramid Catering & Events||
5619 Martin Luther King Jr Way S.
|The Pour Girls||
P.O. Box 46954
The Seattle Public Library supports the City of Seattle’s sustainability initiatives * denotes caterers who make an effort to create sustainable catering practices, including using compostable table wear instead of plastic; offering an alternative to bringing plastic bottled water and drinks; offering an alternative to “box lunches” for groups of 20 or more; and producing a “0-waste” event.
Your caterer must provide all linens, tableware, serving utensils, water carafes, glasses and other beverage service items. Your caterer also is responsible for set-up and tear-down for the event.
If your caterer provides food for an event on a drop-off basis (i.e., boxed lunches, coffee service), you are responsible for making sure all used paper goods and food remains are put in the supplied trash receptacles when your event is over. You also are responsible for removing all catering equipment from the Library.
May I bring snacks and coffee to my event without using a caterer?
Yes, please feel free to bring simple food items, such as snacks and coffee, for your meeting.
May I bring in my own alcoholic beverages for my event?
You can serve alcoholic beverages at your event. If you decide to serve alcohol at your event, you will need to follow all state liquor licensing and sales laws. All your guests must be 21 years of age or older to be served alcohol.
All alcohol must be dispensed by bonded bartenders at an attended bar. If you serve alcohol, your event must be a private and not open to the public.
For liquor liability insurance requirements, please see the Insurance Addendum. You must buy insurance for events where alcoholic beverages will be served and provide the Library with a Certificate of Insurance 30 days before your event date.
If you have a question or need help, email us or call our Meeting Room Information Line at 206-733-9608.