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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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Great structure.

The library's structure is a beautiful design. It is located in downtown Seattle. It had a warm and inviting staff. The overall building and employees displayed a proud yet open... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

The library's structure is a beautiful design. It is located in downtown Seattle. It had a warm and inviting staff. The overall building and employees displayed a proud yet open ambience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

At first look you're struck by the architecture of this building in downtown Seattle. WOW! Venture inside and you're in a modern public library that is open to all. It doesn't matter if you're a library card holder or a visitor from out of town. Go browse the stacks, find a book you like, find a place to sit and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Rem koolhaas award winning design. Makes the library community friendly. Some say it doesn't fit in with the rest of the architecture but I like the innovative design.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I have worked in downtown Seattle for 15 years so I was around for this project from start to finish. It was fun to watch the construction, and as I understand, has won numerous awards for that, and is on the list of "must see" things when you visit Seattle. If you "must" see it, take your pictures from across... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Bizarre yet uniquely welcome architecture. I love, love, love the gift shop here and the way this library belongs to EVERYBODY.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have been increasing my reading and the library is easy to use. I've been adding to my reading list online at the library. This allows me to have a wish list and move books to hold them when I'm ready for the next one to read. Checking out is easy. The library staff are friendly, knowledgable and helpful with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I love this library. It's light, well-organized, well-stocked, and offers an inside view of architectural excellence. Much more than just a library for the latter reason.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Very few public builders can provoke an emotional reaction just from their architecture. The Seattle Public Library, Main, is an exception. This Rem Koolhuas building is a very cool house indeed. Eleven stories of steel and glass are stunning from both inside and outside. I will keep this review particularly short because I want you to use your time wisely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a district library system with over two dozen branch libraries: see them on www.spl.org. The central library building in downtown Seattle is worth a visit for its architectural aspect. As most libraries, borrowing is limited to residents. However, computer access and wi-fi are available to anyone, just check with a librarian. Why 4 stars? Because lack of co-operation... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

the Central library, downtown is uniquely designed. Views to the west on every floor.Smaller libraries are staffed with friendly and approachable personel.

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