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Seattle Public Library

1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)
206 386 4636
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Ranked #15 of 212 attractions in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Architectural Buildings
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Phoenix, Arizona
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66 reviews 66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Designed by Rem Koolhaas, this structure is glass and metal in a modern angular design with bright, diffuse light in the interior. The fourth floor (if I remember correctly) is all red...red floors, red walls, red ceilings! Watch yourself on the stairs...they are red too. We decided to take the elevator to the 10th floor for the view to the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I'm not big into reading but I still loved this place! Its huge and makes for great pictures. My friends that visited loved it here

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I enjoy cool buildings, so I was glad to stop in at the library and see how cool and thoughtful the library can be. Ten stories up, and you can look down on the reading room. Not to mention good coffee in the lobby, a great place to relax and be part of Seattle's best, their people.

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San Francisco, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Packed with people, filled with diffused light and a spatial tour-de-force. Seattle should be rightfully proud of this spectacular modern architecture. Built for only $300 pere square foot, the library's vibrancy and functionality is worth exploring. Upper floors have great views down to lower levels. Upper book stacks ramp gently downward floor by floor. The number of computer stations is... More

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Findlay, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

this is one of the most unique public libraries that I have been to - great architecture - go up the neon yellow escalators and ride the elevator down

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Washington State
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67 reviews 67 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We've always driven past here and admitted the exterior design, but yesterday while walking around Seattle we decided to check out the inside. Wow! It's a lot larger than it looks. Take some time to explore and ride the escalators, go to the top, and if you have young kids, take them to the children's book area. There is a... More

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Bensenville, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My wife and I were downtown killing time and heard the library was pretty cool to see. We were in the area so we swung by. It's a fantastic building and if I lived in Seattle I would probably spend time there, but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it. Some cool views and the reading room... More

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New York City, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Someone had a good idea to bring the outdoors inside with this glass and metal framed building. The library has a nice coffee shop (of course-it's Seattle) and it's definitely worth a half hour to ride the escalators and walk in the very red stairwell to take it all in.

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Austin, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Disappointed after the long walk to get here. Just space age architecture, not much art like I was told to expect.

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Los Angeles, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
57 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Hey Seattle, you can only have so many cool buildings that have nothing worth seeing inside (I'm looking at you EMP). So yeah, wonky shaped metal structure. Check.

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