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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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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This is structurally a great looking building and the people are willing to help you find what you need.

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Arkansas
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

First, I only visited the library so I can not comment on the services, only the architecture. As a retired librarian, I always try to see the public library in every city we visit. I had read the glowing reviews for the library but I must say I was disappointed. If you like modern architecture, then this will be your... More

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pittsburgh
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

The architecture is awesome and this is one of my favorite places to visit in Seattle. Travel to the top level and walk downward

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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Seattle loves to read. We now know why. The Public Library is a monument all on its own. Wow! What a spectacular building. No wonder residents and tourists flock to its doors.

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Petaluma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

I am a library junkie, and hold my Seattle Library card dear to me. They say that this city has more readers than any other, inspired perhaps by the many hours the weather encourages one to cuddle in with a good book. Favorite branches: Greenlake, Queen Anne, and the Downtown. Wherever you go: ENJOY!

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Victoria, Canada
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Travelling with a mobile baby is not the easiest task & we had plenty of challenges in downtown Seattle with accessibility. I had heard the library was stunning so we decided to give it a try. First stop, the children's section. First - it's massive. It's nicely decorated, there was a do-it-yourself scavenger hunt available and there is a large... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

As someone who is an unashamed book worm, I have no problem saying that wherever I live and wherever I visit, I love either joining or seeing the local library. Seattle, with your public library, you have absolutely knocked the spots off any other one I've ever visited. Enormous and modern and well cared for, this place is absolutely amazing... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Seattle Public Library has over 3 floors of books, with an adorable gift shop. The outside has a very modern design- thanks to architects Koolhaas and Prince-Ramus.

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New York City, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is probably the most reader-friendly library you will ever see. The building is gorgeous with wide-open spaces. It's beautiful from outside, even nicer inside. I wish I lived in Seattle and could use it! It also offers some free computer time, but I didn't use that.

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Reno, Nevada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

There are 10 floors of books, computers,and services. I loved the circular arrangement of all non- fiction items as well as all the seating and reading areas.

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