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Seattle Public Library

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Address: 1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Phone Number: 206 386 4636
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The Central Library in Seattle is one of the most amazing buildings in the city. Even if you are not into books, I would recommend a visit - you can take the elevator up to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The Central Library in Seattle is one of the most amazing buildings in the city. Even if you are not into books, I would recommend a visit - you can take the elevator up to the main floor and watch the city view. It is located right in the heart of downtown Seattle. Although not very large, it does have... More 

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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

It was completed in 2004 (I think) and it's everything a library should be. Its architecture is stunning and if you never look at a book, you will still be amazed. It's worth a trip just to see and wonder at the imagination of the architects and the willingness of the taxpayers to create this marvel. See it and your... More 

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Dayton, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

experiencing the Seattle central library is an unexpected treat.The podcast audio tour points out features you might overlook. The design & spaces are brilliant. Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus's YouTube presentation provides an interesting introduction to the design process. Bravo!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I visited this building becuase it has multilingual childrens' books and various collections. After being opened to public in 2004, it was voted #108th favorite structure by American architects.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Amazing Library - interesting and in a very good location in Seattle. I enjoyed the range of literature.

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

They give you a map and off you go up and through the library. Great details and views. Don't miss the "red" floor of conference rooms. The whole building looks gift wrapped. The Kate Orff landscape outside is understated and lovely, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

For architecture buffs and bibliophiles alike, a visit to the Seattle Central Library is a must. With its vast collection, rare book room and friendly staff, the CPL is a book lover's paradise. And the building's soaring light filled spaces and unique exterior and interior design will inspire as well. Highly recommended!

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I found out that I need to renew my library card every 6 months as I visit the grand kids again. So great to use digital library.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a piece of architecture you can't miss in Seattle as it is all glass and resembles nothing that would recall the old Carnegie Libraries. It is thoroughly modern outside and in, built in the age of technology it accommodates the cyber user well. But don't stay outside! Take a walk through all the levels and enjoy a little... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I first visited this place years ago with friends who were merely placating me by visiting a library in a foreign city, but even they were impressed. Take the elevator to the top floor and marvel at the angles and natural light filtering in. Walk the few floors down through the 'corkscrew' like pathway, before taking the elevator back down.... More 

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