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Seattle Public Library

1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
206 386 4636
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Ranked #13 of 206 attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Libraries, Architectural Buildings
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Kansas City
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The downtown Seattle Public Library is a great place to spend a couple of rainy hours not only browsing books but snapping away -- great architecture, unusual features. And this library is people-friendly. They have a special section where teens can hang out, and lots of places to sit down with a good book.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I couldn't check anything out, but the place is like a piece of structural art. They allowed me to take pictures. The lines on the building are beautiful. And it was a nice break from all the walking and my kids could entertain themselves with some quiet reading time. Free entertainment!

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Seattle, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

It's a library, what can I say. My only complaint is that it isn't a very wheelchair/handicapped friendly building.

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Santa Fe
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79 reviews 79 reviews
26 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

If you can get a guide to take you through, DO! if not, here are a few interesting things you to know before you go: Koolhaas separated the uses of the building into the different masses you see from the exterior, so starting at the top is the Reading Room with views of Elliott Bay; middle you start the spiral... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Not only does Seattle have a gorgeous central library worth a visit, but they have many branches. It's great to visit a town that values knowledge.

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Western U.S.
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I highly recommend seeing this Koolhaus building. One of a kind, architectural marvel / intrigue. Don't miss it.

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Nanaimo, BC
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The library felt so cold, not in temperature but just the feel of it. We wanted to visit the 6th floor, so took the escalator, but it did not stop at our floor...duh? Ok, so we got up to the 8th floor, or was it 10th? Can't remember but tried to get back to the 6th. No escalator could be... More

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Central Coast, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I have been to several striking libraries in my travels but usually they are famous because they are old with spectacular vintage art. This library is only ten years old and a marvel of innovative design; it's eye candy from start to finish. To help explain what you're seeing, there are signs posted with a number you can call on... More

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Bainbridge Island, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

It is a super example of architecture enhancing function. Great design, fun to walk the reading stacks down 5 stories, have coffee, and enjoy a thoroughly modern urban library! If you have a Seattle Public library card, great service and books.

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Seattle, WA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The Seattle Library is rightfully admired as a cutting edge architectural marvel, inside and out. It functions as a library, too. I have a friend who works there who has told me about bums looking to get in from the rain or cold, and perverts using the computer terminals to surf for pornography. Personally, I have never encountered any unsavory... More

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