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Seattle Public Library

1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
206 386 4636
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Ranked #12 of 212 attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Architectural Buildings
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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Someone had a good idea to bring the outdoors inside with this glass and metal framed building. The library has a nice coffee shop (of course-it's Seattle) and it's definitely worth a half hour to ride the escalators and walk in the very red stairwell to take it all in.

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Austin, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Disappointed after the long walk to get here. Just space age architecture, not much art like I was told to expect.

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Los Angeles, California
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Hey Seattle, you can only have so many cool buildings that have nothing worth seeing inside (I'm looking at you EMP). So yeah, wonky shaped metal structure. Check.

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London, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

What a fantastic facility, this is exactly what a library should be like today. Come on Britain get your finger out and do something similar.

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Augusta
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Seattle folk are so lucky to have such an amazing public library at their disposal. The architecture is unique and startling, and it is well worth a quick stroll.

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This iconic library is already starting to show some age. Tiles on the floor coming up? However, this is the one of the most touted libraries in the United States and it's worth visiting if you are an aficionado. Too much brutalism in parts of the architecture as though they are insisting it is a facility of the people...and it... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A great design by Rem Koolhous! It's great that a city would have the vision and money to invest in a landmark building.

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London, England
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130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was a first for me to visit a public library while on vacation. It is well worth half an hour to see the architecture, sloping bookshelves. Although if you have more time pull out a book and enjoy the building as intended.

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Varese, Italy
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The building is a real masterpiece, a XXI century spaceship breaking the monotony of the skyscrapers. It really combines beauty with functionality, thanks to the marvelous interior surrounded by a glass and steel case.

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Laramie, Wyoming
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63 reviews 63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Amazing architecture is just the beginning. You will never run out of things to read, learn or explore here.

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