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Seattle Public Library

1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
206 386 4636
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Ranked #11 of 211 Attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Architectural Buildings
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Seattle, Washington
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Maybe im old fashioned, but I prefer some warmth around a library setting. This place feels uninviting to me. I dont like sitting on concrete to read a book. I get why they did it. I just dont care for it.

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Decorah, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Stopped in as a "tourist" Very cool building! Be sure to head up several floors to check out the book spiral! Very fun, especially on a sunny day with all the glass in the ceiling!

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Minnesota
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144 reviews 144 reviews
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132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Such a beautiful space! Ride the escalator to the top, checking out each floor. The children's area is wonderful.

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Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Public library on 10 floors with modern architecture. Every floor refers to a domain or different speciality. I rarely saw so many people in a library in the early morning (10h00). Numerous computing workstations are accessible and the second-hand visitor can have access to a temporary card of subscription. A best to be visited.

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lansdale, PA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Took the time to walk through the building. The exterior is striking but the interior is a bit bland. Nice place for a quiet rest while touring.

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Chicago
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8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I was told to go see the library while in Seattle. What a beautiful piece of architecture! Went in and all the way to the top. Best library I've ever seen!

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sarasota
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137 reviews 137 reviews
36 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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122 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

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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