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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, beautiful public space

This amazing public space whose architect is the famous Rem Coolhaus is super modern but inviting. the public space is intended to flow with winding ramp that comes down from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This amazing public space whose architect is the famous Rem Coolhaus is super modern but inviting. the public space is intended to flow with winding ramp that comes down from floor 10 to 5. take the elevator to 5th floor and take the escalator up all the way to the 10th. i enjoyed my stroll to the observation deck and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The sheer size of this library and its contents is mind boggling! Walking by this or seeing this from the outside is just not enough you MUST go inside! You will not be disappointed! I am extremely jealous of this library. There is anything and everything you could want in here. They have free WiFi and plenty of places to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I can't say anything about the book system but I can say the facility is so beautiful on the outside that we decided to stop and look around. We got some great angles for some interesting pictures both outside and inside. This is a stop that is worth your time to do so. What a beautiful and unique addition to... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Seattle's Central Library is by far the coolest and most striking public libraries I've ever been to. Between all of the glass and steel, colorful hallways and crazy angles my eyes didn't know where to look first. So beautiful and so worth stopping in and exploring if you are wandering downtown Seattle and need a break from the typical touristy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not only is this building super cool on the outside, but it's also so unique on the inside. Of course you can find books and such, but it's worth a trip here just to see how unusual, contemporary and space interesting a public building can be.

Thank Cindy H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My friend an I went there so she could return a book. We ended up having a photoshoot because the place looked so funky and cool. I like the red room!

Thank Zoraida A
Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The structure is very unusual. Lots of sunlight. Computers everywhere. Go to the 10th floor and check out the collection of historical books. Also a cafe inside.

Thank Simonandfamily
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My husband and I marveled at the glass and steel beauty from the outside and from the inside. There is a small gift shop and coffee bar just inside the library. There are many chairs to sit and read in the abundance of natural light that the glass walls invite. There were several desks staffed with librarians to help with... More 

Thank therealjenn
Beverly Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are an architecture buff, a Koolhaas fan, or just interested in experiencing something cool & different, pay a visit here. The design in truly iconic both inside and out. There is a terrific interior top floor observation deck that allows you to view the inside beauty for many floors down. They also offer an audio guided tour by... More 

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Mountain View, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was told we should check out this library, so I planned it along our route to see the Columbia Tower. It's a pretty cool building with lots of space and neat features inside. The structure itself is supposed to look like books stacked on each other, but I'm not quite sure I see that. Overall, worth a peek if... More 

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