Central Library 1000 Fourth Ave. Seattle, WA 98104 tel: 206-386-4636. Directions
The Seattle Central Library is the flagship library of the Seattle Public Library system. The 11-story (185 feet or 56.9 meters high) glass and steel building in the downtown core of Seattle, Washington was opened to the public on May 23, 2004.
The Seattle Public Library gives you 24/7 free access to books, music, movies, TV shows, classes and more.
Central Library Highlights. The new Central Library opened May 23, 2004. The 11-floor building contains an innovative "Books Spiral," a 275-seat auditorium, and open spaces where patrons can meet, study, search the web or read. The Library has centers for children, teens and adult readers, along with expanded collections and a large computer lab.
Hours. Mon 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tue 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wed 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Thu 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Explore Central Library.
Budget:US $169.2 M. Program:Central library for Seattle’s 28-branch library system, including 33,700 sqm of hq, reading room, book spiral, mixing chamber, meeting platform, living room,...
We offer free tours of the Central Library for groups of 5-20 adults, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Please request a tour at least two weeks in advance. Request a Group Tour for Adults.
Fire flames movement to build Seattle Central Library. The Seattle Public Library was adopted as a branch of Seattle city government in 1890. During its first decade, it operated from various downtown locations, always needing more space. This period came to a sudden and sensational end on Jan. 2, 1901.
Motor vehicles: The Central Library has a 143-stall underground parking garage with an entrance on Spring Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues. The garage is operated by ABM Parking Services. Rates are listed below. You can call the ABM Area Manager directly at 425-766-4236 or ABM Puget Sound Plaza at 206-218-5654.
As of 2011, the Central Location of the library contained about 930,000 books. Its special collections include an oral history collection, the state document depository, the federal document depository, an aviation history collection, genealogy records, and historical documents about Seattle.