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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.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

10 floors of delight for a book lover. This is a massive building housing thousands of books, CDs, etc and made available entirety free to the public. The building is beautifully designed and well maintained. Several floors of boooks , one floor of digital media, another floor of music and a top floor reading room with light streaming from the... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As we were leaving this library, I told my husband that I would be in that building every few weeks if we lived in Seattle. The architecture is stunning, the layout diverse and interesting, and the collection formidable. My kids would adore the separate teen section and the coffee bar on the main level. We were there on a Sunday... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed visiting this library. Stop at the desk to pick up a self guided tour sheet and take the escalators to the 10th level for a view from the top down into the atrium. Then work your way down to the 9th floor for the book spiral to 6. Building is supposed to look like a stack of books... More 

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