The Seattle Public Library is a repository of Seattle's history – help us document local history by contributing your story to our new COVID-19 Community Collection.

"People have shared their quarantine experiences in a variety of creative ways," said Jade D'Addario, Digital Projects Librarian. "So far we've seen a song about the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement, a review of all Richard Gere's films, and a podcast documenting one woman's experience being hospitalized before COVID-19 and waking up from a coma weeks later to find out everything had changed."

The Library would like to see and hear how the events of the past year have affected you. We are looking for stories, photographs, signs, artwork, short videos and other materials that will help future generations learn what life was like in Seattle during this unique period in history. Here are some prompts to get you started:

  • What has your daily life been like?
  • What are ways you are staying connected with friends and family?
  • What will you remember the most 10 years from now?
  • What are some differences between the early days of the pandemic and now?

You can submit stories and materials through our online portal; they will be made available through the Special Collections Online website. The Library also welcomes donations of physical materials, which can be mailed to our Special Collections Department. To learn more about how you can contribute to the project, please visit our website!


The Library brings people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and build community. We support universal access to information and ideas, and form strong partnerships with community organizations and artists to offer art that is accessible to all.

On Oct. 6, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that public libraries may allow some indoor service at 25 percent capacity in Phase 2 of his Safe Start reopening plan. The Seattle Public Library is assessing the new reopening requirements with current planning efforts to expand services. The safety of our patrons and staff is our top priority. More details will be announced soon at the Library’s Road to Reopening page.

The Seattle Public Library also has many free online services, resources and programs available while its physical buildings remain closed. You can find out more here or by contacting the Library by phone at 206-386-4636. Staff are ready to answer questions and direct you to helpful resources and information during this challenging time.