More open hours and access

More open hours

On Monday, Dec. 6, most Seattle libraries will expand open hours and return to their pre-pandemic schedules. Hours expansion at the following locations are expected in early 2022: Capitol Hill, Douglass-Truth, Northeast, Northgate, Southwest and West Seattle branches.

See a complete list of locations and open hours. (Note: New hours will be updated on Dec. 6.)

Bookmark this page, sign up for emails or texts or follow our social media channels for regular updates.

More access at the Central Library

The Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) lab is currently open limited hours, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Seattle Room will be available, by appointment, on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Note: Appointment requests will begin on Dec. 6.)

Technology Access

Patrons can once again reserve a computer for up to two hours a day. (Note: Reservation requests will begin on Dec. 6.)

Masks Required in Libraries

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The Library requires the use of masks by staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status.  Children under four years old are exempt from this requirement.

Modified Services

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As we continue to work toward a return to normal services, some modifications remain in place. These services are affected by staffing levels or health and safety restrictions.

  • Meeting rooms remain closed until further notice. 
  • We are not currently offering in-person events at Library locations. You can still attend many Library events virtually.
  • All services at Library locations are offered from a distance and without physical contact.

Holds Pickup

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We will notify you when your holds are ready to be picked up. Visit our Notifications page to learn how to choose email, phone or text notifications. You can choose any open Library location for holds pickup. Holds will be available inside the building, unless you request that we bring them out to you. Self-checkout stations are available for you to check out your items.

If you are unable to stand in line or need help picking up your items, please call the number found on signs at the branch to let staff know you have arrived. We can bring you items to your vehicle or another nearby location.

If you have holds available and you’d like to pick them up at a different branch, please use this form to request a new pickup location.

Computers & Wi-Fi

Computer lab at the Central Library

Computers with internet access are available for you to use for up to two hours per day. You can reserve a computer in advance and available computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free Wi-Fi is available to use with your own device at all Library locations.

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, the Library will no longer be offering 10 free pages per week of printing and copying.

Charging Stations

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Charge your devices quickly and safely. Charging stations are limited, and available on a first-come, first served basis.

Common questions about services in 2021

I don’t have a Library card. Can I apply for one online?

Yes! You can sign up for a Library card online. In order to provide instant access, we will automatically verify your Seattle address. If we are unable to verify your address, we will ask you to provide additional information. People who successfully sign up will get instant access to Library materials and resources.

Parents and guardians of children under 13 can also apply for a child's card online. Also, through our Library Link program, if you are a Seattle Public School student in grades K-12, or a Seattle Public School teacher in grades K-12, you can access the Library’s digital books and online resources. Find out more about our Library Link.

I have a Library card, but can’t figure out how to sign into my account online.

If you have an active account with The Seattle Public Library but are having trouble accessing your account, you can ask for assistance by contacting the Library’s help and reference service at Ask Us

How can I stay up to date on Library operations and what’s available?

We post updates to this page and our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter. You can sign up for account notifications and more via text, email or phone by following instructions at www.spl.org/Notifications or subscribe to our enewsletters.

Can I contact the Library through chat, email or phone?

Yes, our Ask Us service is available through all of those channels. Click here to chat during our open hours, or send an email at any time. You can also call us during our open hours at 206-386-4636.

Are the Bookmobile and Books by Mail services available?

The Library’s Mobile Services, including Bookmobile and Books by Mail, are available. The Books by Mail service is signing up new patrons who are unable to visit their neighborhood branch due to age or disability.

Which digital resources are available for me to use with my Library card?

We have expanded our digital collections to give you access to more e-books and other online resources. Read e-books, take online classes, use research databases or read current or historical newspaper articles online. Explore Digital Resources and Digital Resources for Kids.

Can I reserve a computer ahead of time?

No, computers are only available on a first-come, first-served basis during open hours, for up to two hours a day. See our computer page for more information.

Can I use a meeting or study room?

For now, meeting rooms and study rooms remain closed to the public.