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Seattle Public Library

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Address: 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104-1109
Phone Number: 206 386 4636

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An unexpected side trip while in Seattle...

We were walking around while touring Seattle and found this gem! Really cool Library and structure. If you have time to kill, you really should go. If you go to the gift shop... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were walking around while touring Seattle and found this gem! Really cool Library and structure. If you have time to kill, you really should go. If you go to the gift shop they have a lot of new and cheap books for sale, and some very nice cards and unique gifts. We did not expect much, but did enjoy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The architecture is interesting but the color doesn't agree with me. The library collection is far more to my taste. I was especially pleased to find the collections of foreign language fiction downstairs; in general the fiction collection is very satisfying. The audio non-fiction placement makes it hard for people with disabilities to find books they can read.

Thank Elaine S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A must visit, not only is it fantastic but you can wander entire facility for free. We expected to walk in and experience security and/or cell phone prohibited! Not so, very inviting to tour on your own, research, read or relax! Great thought involved in design to have such an inviting and learning atmosphere. Be sure to visit gift shop... More 

Thank RJourn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Whether you're a tourist or a local this place is great, marvel around the great architectural aspect of the building or browse thousand of books available

Thank Shelah B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed walking through this big library. The Friends of the Library store was a great place for me to pick up some gifts for my book loving friends!

Thank DJGWilliams
Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Took the monorail from downtown to the needle, paid for the fast track tickets at the needle to skip the queues, it was worth the extra money in my opinion as we were short on time. The views on the day were excellent.

Thank macleod2015
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This library is a testament to democracy in action. It is an architectural marvel that is open to the public, and is there for all to partake of the fruits of human knowledge. The building is spectacular, and you can go inside and take photos of the incredible design. The beauty and elegant design of this library pays tribute to... More 

Thank LouAndreas212
Oaxaca, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This library would be interesting even for a non bibliophile. From the delightful volunteer at the front desk to the charming little gift shop, this library has it all. The architectural along was stunning. Don't miss this cool library!

Thank Melinda H
Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This library is active, offers a complete range of services to all ages and communities. I was pleasantly surprised to find so many people using the library on a Friday morning at 10 am.

Thank Globetrottering
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The building is worth going to just for its unusual architecture and colorful interior. It holds a vast collection of reading material, with comfortable, quiet areas to read in and many computers available to the public.

Thank SeaTraveller2015

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