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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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Beautiful building, you can find anything here

My daughter recently moved to Seattle and brought me in here to look around. Amazing architecture. You can also find anything and get public transportation information.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My daughter recently moved to Seattle and brought me in here to look around. Amazing architecture. You can also find anything and get public transportation information.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The central library, designed by Rem Koolhaus, is one of the relatively small number of architecturally distinguished buildings in Seattle, in my opinion. Very interesting place to visit and explore, both inside and out. Great 'mixing' spaces and winding up and down the six stories of book stacks is a lot of fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very unique library with an amazing map room that we spent most of our time in while it poured outside.

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're at all interested in libraries or architecture, this is a must see. Go up to one of the higher floors and check out the spiraling stacks with the Dewey decimal in the floor tiles. You can also stop by the gift shop or cafe for a break.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very helpful staff, efficient with managing your time, such as lines and check out etc. plenty of computers to use an a wide variety of subjects to check out, paperback, DVD, or audio if still applicable.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While you are in Downtown Seattle, make sure to visit this modern library that is also an architectural delight full of big and small surprises!

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Seattle Public Library is an important investment in public literacy. I enjoy the atmosphere, the collection and my fellow users of this wonderful resource.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was very glad I fit in a visit to the library. The building is very unique and certainly not something you see every day. The best parts was the floor of the lobby and the automated book return. The floor of the lobby was designed to look like typeset so it was backwards. It is also the first lines... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not only is the exterior visually stunning but the interior is fascinating as well. Not your father's musty old book collection, this library is a destination. By escalator, elevator and walkways you can easily move around its asymmetric floors. It has a coffee shop on the 5th ave level and plenty of seating to browse current newspapers and periodicals. Visitor's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Seattle Public Library is a great addition to the city. The building is amazing with lots of good reading and researching areas, a nice gift shop, an auditorium for meetings, and of course, lots of great books to pursue and check out.

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