We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Seattle Public Library

Is this your business?
1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104-1109
+1 206-386-4636
Review Highlights
Little Bit of Everything for Everybody!

Great architecture, quiet, non-packed, cozy. Got floors for single things. Have a floor space for... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Virginia L
Beautiful architecture and design

The building is striking from the outside and the inside is a gorgeous. With the walls a honeycomb... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Heather A
via mobile
Read all 1,845 reviews
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104-1109
+1 206-386-4636
Write a Review
Reviews (1,845)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,621 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Great architecture, quiet, non-packed, cozy. Got floors for single things. Have a floor space for just reading. Only bad things is there's homeless people inside the library with big blankets, which I'm not sure why they are there if they are not using the library...More

Thank Virginia L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The building is striking from the outside and the inside is a gorgeous. With the walls a honeycomb of diamond windows, the modern patterned rugs, and the bold colors splashed on walls and chairs, this library feels young and elegant. Loved this short visit.

Thank Heather A
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I was amazed by the building, loved wandering around and everyone seemed so nice and helpful. Wished I could take some books out, almost made me want to move here just for the library. Spent a few hours and loved going threw all the books....More

Thank sierracook23
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The first thing that drew me into this odd glass building was the design. What would it look like from the inside? My advice go to the top and wind your way down through the stack of books. Then check out the all red multimedia...More

Thank eherndobler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The library is absolutely beautiful from the outside. The inside is a mess. They say you can get an "amazing view" from the top floor, but in reality you are so far away from the windows that you can't see a thing. On the top...More

Thank Mariana G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Impressive architecture and convenient location not far from Pikes. This was a great place to stop for bored/tired kid. There children's library is large and well-stocked. Definitely a place to plan some downtime for the kids.

Thank Lorin Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's just a plain fun public library. Easy to browse, relax, or grab a latte. You can enter either on 5th Avenue or 4th Avenue. Even if you aren't a reader, it is worth checking out.

Thank VVH48
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Seattle Public Library is a world class facility. Great effort has clearly been made to make this friendly and accessible for those who want a powerful library experience

Thank Zachary B
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was peaceful and the staff was welcoming and nice.bl it was easy to commute and find what I was loplng

Thank Julian H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This library is an architectural accomplishment! So unusual for a public facility. It is something one would think of seeing in a private building. One can view to floors below and out side.

Thank Glenn N
Sponsored by:
Nearby Restaurants
Tulio Ristorante
978 reviews
.05 miles away
664 reviews
.09 miles away
The Georgian
311 reviews
.09 miles away
Belle Epicurean
154 reviews
.10 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Sky View Observatory
1,949 reviews
.17 miles away
Benaroya Hall
446 reviews
.20 miles away
5th Avenue Theatre
350 reviews
.17 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
September 18, 2016|
Answer Show all 9 answers
Response from dukered | Reviewed this property |
Maria G
May 11, 2015|
Answer Show all 6 answers
Response from Al D | 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
March 10, 2015|
Answer Show all 4 answers
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.