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  • Icon Adults 50 plus

    Find programs and services geared towards adults 50 years and older.

  • 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 and Culture

    We offer performances, exhibits, movie screenings and more—all year long.

  • 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 Author Programs

    YouTube, calendar events, and podcasts of author programs

  • Icon Authors and Books

    Join us for free author events and book discussions. Many of our events for book lovers are offered online, and podcasts are available of past events.

  • Icon Basic Skills

    Improve your English, prepare for United States citizenship, or get free help with basic skills for work and life.

  • Icon Begin with Books

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

  • Icon Book Bingo

    Every summer we create Book Bingo in English and Spanish.

  • Icon Book Groups

    Use our DIY Toolkit to help select titles and facilitate book group meetings.

  • Icon Books on Bikes

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

  • Icon Bullitt Lecture

    The A. Scott Bullitt Lecture in American History features presentations by presidential historians, popular historians, public intellectuals and professors of American History.

  • Icon Business

    Use our free business resources and get 1:1 help launching or growing your small business or nonprofit.

  • Icon Citizenship Help

    Take free classes and explore resources to help you become a United States citizen.

  • Icon City of Literature

    UNESCO has named Seattle a City of Literature, based on the vitality of its literary culture.

  • Icon Civics and Social Services

    Get free help connecting to the resources and services you need.

  • Icon College Readiness

    We can help high school students prepare for graduation and college with Tutor.com

  • Icon Community Conversations

    Executive Director and Chief Librarian Tom Fay invites you to join the Library in a discussion about current and future Library services.

  • Icon Community Programs

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

  • Icon Día de los niños

    El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros es una celebración a los niños y promueve la alfabetización familiar multicultural y multilingüe. / Children’s Day/Book Day celebrates children and promotes multicultural and multilingual family literacy.

  • 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

    Encourage a love of learning and nurture your child’s development through our free early learning programs.

  • Icon Election Resources

    Find out what you need to know about voting and elections in King County.

  • 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 Fresh Start

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

  • Icon Fun and Games

    Attend free, fun events and play games, in our branches, online or out in the community.

  • Icon Genealogical Research

    Trace your family history with our free genealogy resources and 1:1 appointments.

  • 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 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 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 Job Skills

    Get ready for the next step in your job hunt or career path with free Library resources.

  • Icon Kids and Families

    We have many free programs, events and services for kids and families.

  • 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

    Learn something new in our free classes for all ages with many offered online.

  • 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 Legal Resources

    Get help from trusted sources and find online resource to help you navigate civil lawsuits and other legal issues.

  • Icon Legendary Children

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

  • 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 Equal Access Program (LEAP)

    The Library Equal Access Program coordinates accessible Library programs, services and assistive resources.

  • Icon Library Link

    Seattle Public Schools students and teachers get instant access to our online resources without a Library card.

  • 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 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 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 Next Chapter

    We offer programs for adults 50+ to learn how to age well and plan for retirement.

  • Icon Outdoor Recreation

    Get outside and explore the natural wonders of Western Washington and beyond with these hiking, camping, biking, fishing and other outdoor recreation guides.

  • Icon Outreach

    You can find us at festivals, farmers’ markets and special events all over the city.

  • Icon Programas Kids and Families Spanish Calendar

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

  • 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 Schools and Teachers

    We offer many services to Seattle-area daycares, 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 resources 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 Short Story DIspenser

    Find our Short Edition story dispensers to print a one, three or five-minute short story to read on the spot or take with you.

  • Icon Social Justice

    Learn more about current social justice issues through free online resources and programs.

  • 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 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

    Discover free programs, services and resources to help students succeed in school.

  • Icon Summer of Learning

    The Library has offered summer programs for Seattle youth since 1919 – next summer will be our 104th year of summer youth programming!

  • Icon Tax Help

    We partner with AARP and The United Way of King County to offer free Tax Help.

  • 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

    Take free classes to learn new software, or get help using computers and other devices.

  • Icon Teen Service Learning Opportunities

    Due to COVID-19, there are no opportunities for in-person teen service learning hours at this moment, and there are no current plans for virtual service learning hours. Please see other available resources if you would like to volunteer in your community.

  • Icon Teens

    We have great resources for teens, including free technology classes, after-school activities, Homework Help and games.

  • Icon Theater and Opera Resources

    We create reading and resource guides as well as podcasts to enhance your local theater experience.

  • 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 Virtual Tutoring

    K – 12 students in Seattle can get free virtual tutoring from Tutor.com.

  • Icon Virtual Tutoring for Adults

    Get free online tutoring help with a class, test preparation or a job application. Available in English, Spanish (español) and Vietnamese (tiếng Việt).

  • 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. Available in multiple languages.

  • Icon Your Next Skill

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