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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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Amazing architecture

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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 

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Oaxaca, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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!

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days 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.

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

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.

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

My wife and i have been members since we moved to Seattle in 2002. The atmosphere is wonderful. The Library offers great events and when we are going to a play or just going out to dinner, we stop by and relax. Its a block away from the Women's University Club and within walking distance of many great restaurants and... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take the escalator to 10th floor for a view then walk down a couple of floors of the spiral book shelves. Stop for a read too .... we enjoyed the travel section. Remember to be hush and not disturb .... kinda nice to be quiet and peaceful for a while.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were 3 days in Seattle and spend a half a day in this place. Its huge (10 floors), the kids section is like a wonderland, the living room ( 3rd floor) is comfortable, with a coffee bar and chairs to read and enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just as one would expect from the downtown library in a major city, this one delivers! Floor after floor of everything interesting, from family histories, to old magazines and newspapers. A giant maze of of spirals and hallways with great views of the city. This library is also filled with art and you can even take a phone guided tour!... More 

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

The Seattle Public Library (Central) is a must see when visiting Seattle. It was designed by Rem Koolhaus and is an architectural marvel. It is also an example of a first class library designed to serve the community via books, tech and speakers and lectures (check out the auditorium). The Children's area is imaginative and a great place to spend... More 

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

While I love libraries generally, they're not typical tourist attractions. Lots of books, but really for residents. Not so Seattle's main library. The building is a gem and worth the time. Very striking from the outside, but much more to see from the inside. I think it is best to start at the bottom (on fourth avenue) and work your... More 

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