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“Extremely Cool Homeless Shelter”

Seattle Public Library
Ranked #14 of 450 things to do in Seattle
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Seattle, WA
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64 reviews
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“Extremely Cool Homeless Shelter”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

The Seattle Library is rightfully admired as a cutting edge architectural marvel, inside and out. It functions as a library, too. I have a friend who works there who has told me about bums looking to get in from the rain or cold, and perverts using the computer terminals to surf for pornography. Personally, I have never encountered any unsavory people there.

Visited October 2013
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“a highlight downtown”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

Stopped by here on a rainy day after wandering through downtown. The building is very beautiful and unique. I would highly recommend a walk through. You can take a series of escalators to the top floor, and look down on the big atrium before riding the elevators down (or wander through exhibits if that's your thing).

Visited March 2014
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Friday Harbor, Washington
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“Surprisingly fun”
Reviewed March 20, 2014

You might not think that a visit to a library would be a choice for a vacation activity, but this building is so cool that it is really a don't miss.

Visited March 2014
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“Lovely building, helpful staff”
Reviewed March 19, 2014

I went to the library first and foremost to check out the architecture. I was advised to take the elevator to the top, and I'm so glad I did! The building is really special, and the view from the top is great. I also enjoyed the red room.

When I asked for directions the staff was super friendly and helpful, I appreciated that!

Visited January 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Book Worm in a Designer Setting”
Reviewed March 13, 2014

Loved the atmosphere in the library. Apart from the cool looking building, the place was perfect for just browsing or completing research for a paper.

Visited January 2014
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