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Seattle Public Library

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Has a great collection of books. Was surprised by the huge collection, especially Graphic Novels... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Seattle, Washington
Books downtown in an architectural wonder

Not just a library. I have found rare books, fascinating historical photos and today's magazines... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104-1109
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Has a great collection of books. Was surprised by the huge collection, especially Graphic Novels, Best Sellers & New Arrivals. Membership is free and you can reserve books online.

Thank AlokKarande
Reviewed 4 days ago

Not just a library. I have found rare books, fascinating historical photos and today's magazines and newspapers at the Seattle Library. From the outside walk around to see the extreme angles. Next go up the escalator to the various collections. Finally walk gradually up in...More

Thank bmeyer2018
Reviewed 6 days ago

The inside is a pretty large library, with these neon escalators. The architecture is really very interesting for a library, worth checking out if you like to view architecture.

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 6 days ago

This library has it all. Its a great library and besides that, its a fabulous tourist destination - complete with the best gift shop around.

Thank nrlDetroit_Michigan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything to love about a library is found here in a world-class architectural wonder. Highly recommended if you are in downtown Seattle. If you have more time, plan to spend a bit of your precious time here. Beautiful library and wonderful experience. Highly recommended!

Thank Levannah
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have it all, or will get it for you !! And the computers are good too!! Internet and all, including clinics

Thank bjhbjh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I work at a small library, so I love visiting libraries in the cities I visit. Seattle’s is AWESOME! The architecture is intriguing; the collection is well-organized; and the staff is really nice. Their Friends Group also has a cool little store with awesome stuff,...More

Thank smbl8447
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus's famous building deserves its fame as an open, light-filled (in low-light Seattle!) mecca for book and information lovers. I wandered through with my mouth open, floor to floor, catching a glimpse of the stunning holdings so beautifully displayed and stored.

Thank vagabunda2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exterior is enough to draw you to go inside. There are colorful stairways and escalators and a small viewing area on the top floor. There are self guided tours charts available at many location in the library.

Thank TedDeters
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The glass architecture is amazing and the library is huge! We explored the library and also enjoyed just sitting and marveling at the architecture. Worth the visit.

Thank AnRi_NYC
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September 18, 2016|
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Response from beasleys-mom | Reviewed this property |
There's actually parking in the building, but I suspect it is quite pricey. In general, you'll manage downtown Seattle better without a car. There is pretty decent bus service. And you can walk. It's a relatively... More
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Response from Al_Doyle_Seattle | Reviewed this property |
You might want to contact Sasquatch Books: 1904 Third Ave, Suite 710 Seattle, WA 98101 Phone: 206-467-4300 Fax: 206-467-4301
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Response from ABSeaperson | Reviewed this property |
The Friends of the Seattle Public LIbrary collect and sell books for the benefit of the library budget. You can find out more by going to the main library's web site or to that of the Friends themselves.