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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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sarasota
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125 reviews 125 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I mean its special although I didn't love it. oh well. but I still recommend it . its different and you might like it

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

It's hard to review a public library's worth as an "attraction." This library, however, is an architecturally-interesting angular lattice of steel and glass. It is notable for its top-heavy appearance on the outside and huge interior spaces on the inside; a real contrast to most libraries, which are typically cramped, low-ceiling stack designs. The library itself has 10 public levels,... More

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Reno, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

It went here at the suggestion of a friend on my way out of Seattle. Totally worth it! The building itself was modern and very light-filled, and of course, book-filled! There was a little shop on one of the lower floors that had some really fun (and punny) book related gifts and gave me some good ideas for Christmas shopping!... More

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Toronto, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

An excellent piece of architecture. Amazing to look at from the outside, very impressive from the inside. When in Seattle, make sure you take time to visit the library, located in the downtown core.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

The structural design of the library is very impressive. It is worth a visit just to see it. There is a nice, small gift shop, there are many floors with lots of seating to peruse the large libraries inventory.

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Moreno Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Interesting architecture. Its open on Sundays until 2PM. It you take the public transportation like the RailWays, it's hike going up from the Pike's Peak Market.

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Irvington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Dutch architect Rem Koolhass must have heard that it rains a lot in Seattle. To compensate, he built a multi-faceted glass, steel and aluminum diamond that takes up a whole city block of downtown. Light pours in from everywhere. Stacks and reading rooms intermingle on multiple levels. For a dash of vertigo, go to the top floor and peek over... More

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Cresskill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This library was designed by Rem Koolhaus and it is spectacular. Be sure to take the escalator all the way to the top for an extraordinary panorama of the city. The place is immense and just watching how they sort returned books is a hoot. Take half an hour and be amazed.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Outstanding building accommodating various library activities from reading books, searching internet to listening to talks etc etc. Better than Birmingham, UK's new city library

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I love books, so naturally i love libraries. We were staying just round the corner from here, so popped in one lunchtime to have a look around. I absolutely love the architecture of the place. It looks great from the outside and just as fab on the inside. There is a viewing gallery on the 10th floor, which is worth... More

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