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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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More locals need to know about what this library has to offer

I'm not sure I would recommend this as a destination if you're from out of town but more locals need to realize what a gem the library is. It's more than just homeless people... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This library is freaking weird lol its beautiful but its weird. The building shape is supposed to resemble a stack of books...?????? I just dont see it...ha the inside is pretty cool lots of books. Can never go wrong with the library

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I'm not sure I would recommend this as a destination if you're from out of town but more locals need to realize what a gem the library is. It's more than just homeless people looking to get warm; there are a number of items that are FREE for residents. Nice architecture; excellent service from the librarians.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Very interesting place, beautiful building, inside interesting interior, you can use the free computers with free internet. You can just go to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Features almost a dozen floors filled with books and so many learning materials housed on a modern styled building! I need more than a day to see it actually but if you were just like me who's on a short trip in Seattle, an hour or two visit will be more enough.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

The thing that most amazed me about this building is how it manages to be quiet inside. I've never seen so many hard surfaces and open spaces and had it be quiet. Looking at the materials, I would have expected every dropped pen to echo through the building, but it actually SOUNDS like a library. An audio tour that one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This library is beautiful and awesome to walk through. It is free! It should be on every walking tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This is not the typical boring library! Check out the cool book return at 4th Ave entrance, yellow escalators, 4th floor all red halls, the spiral Dewey decimal system, teen section. Take elevator to highest point to see the amazing view and architecture of the library.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Who would have thought the library would be a must see thing to do, but it is such an amazing building...inside and out! I am very glad we took the recommendation of our hotel and walked over. Added bonus: My kids absolutely loved the children's section!!

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Seattle, Washington
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

I love coming to the library. So peaceful on the inside, but outside it's really like a work of art. How can you not love it??

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

Pike Place Market and Space Needle are joined by this urban monument designed by Rem Koolhaas - gravity defying light filled space of books and connectivity make this a perfect spot to spend nothing except time and get more than ROI on money

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Address: 1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Phone Number: 206 386 4636
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle

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