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Seattle Public Library

1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
206 386 4636
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Ranked #9 of 178 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Cultural
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

just the best. Took our grandchildren to a concert which was joyous. So important that this was a public space with all sorts of folk there. The best of what US is.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

What a great place to stop by...library is funky from the outside and even more funky inside! Check out level 5 - the red floor - 7 shades of red!

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Lovely architecture, stunning interior conveniently located. The selection of reading material is very nice, good places to eat nearby as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

There are no lockers for your lap top on the 9th floor. So use your iPhone. The Dewey decimal system is mapped on the floor making finding things easier. The genealogy librarians are available Tuesday-Saturday 11 am - noon; 1 - 3pm and Sunday 1 - 3. Call ahead 206 386 4636. I found cutie onesies for a baby shower... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The library is located in the Downtown area of Seattle, and is an Architectural Showpiece. lovely structure silver and glass. The library is very big, several floors, a great collection of books and quite spaces.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The downtown SPL is architecturally stunning, both inside and out. There are many nooks to sit and read, or study for a while. They have an online library of ebooks and audiobooks available. Various branches of the library can loan books to each other to pick up at your nearest library branch. Love the SPL.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

An exciting architectural marvel but cold and uninviting on the inside. Worth a quick look if in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I love this library. If you are from out of town, ask where the red hallways are. And use the bathrooms on that floor, it's an interesting sensory experience. Great place to sit down, relax, check your email. If you're a native, check out some books!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is the largest library I have ever been in. The architecture is different as well. There is also a lecture hall in this library. After touring you can sit and enjoy a snack at the cafe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you are into architecture, you must visit the main branch downtown for delights inside and out. Just be aware that some homeless guy or gal might be using the facilities to freshen up. Other than that little drawback, it's a must see/visit,.

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