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Address: 1000 Fourth Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
Phone Number: 206 386 4636
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This was worth a quick visit if you're in the neighborhood! Architecture was amazing. We spent provably 30 minutes there, which was perfect.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This was worth a quick visit if you're in the neighborhood! Architecture was amazing. We spent provably 30 minutes there, which was perfect.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Located right behind our hotel so we had to visit. The library structure was very neat. It has nice view points at the very top. The children's section was huge. It was a nice stop to let the kids relax.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is a great building, the outside and inside are well worth a look. The spiral system is fun and this is a great place to spend some time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

My kids liked stopping here while going to/from our hotel because there were iPad like devices with kids' games that they could play.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Easy to use the library, easy to get there from anywhere downtown. The Library website makes it easy to find what you want, and the staff is helpful.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This library is huge, and has just about anything you could want to read. My favorite parts are for sure the map room (with physical 3D topographic maps) on floor 9, and then the reading room on floor 10. The large glass sealing is delightful to study under. There are outlets nearly everywhere, and fast, free, wifi. Everyone I've asked... More 

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Murcia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is quite a must to visit in Seattle, even if you are not very fond of culture attractions. You may think that taking a look from the outside is enough but then you miss the whole spirit of the building and its interesting contents. It's worth it climbing the narrow yellow scalator up to the glass ceiling to understand... More 

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Very cool modern library, steel and glass. The open interior is impressive. The book spiral allows you to peruse 4 floors of printed material via a continuous spiral, no stairs. A must visit for architecture enthusiasts.

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Hoodsport, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

There are no straight lines in this building. It's beautiful and quiet. Great view of the city. There is a spiral walk down the library, we looked looking at all the old books and the relaxing walk indoors. There are elevators and escalators.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

If you live interesting and creative architecture, then this is a "must see" in downtown Seattle. Interesting use of glass, lighting and sound dampening. I'm glad I took the time to walk through. Next time I will take the time to do some reading! It looks like a great research site!

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