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“A nice walk around if you have nothing better to do”

Seattle Public Library
Ranked #13 of 460 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 21, 2014

It's a nice building to look around, but nothing too exciting. If you are really into architecture or you just want to get indoors for a bit, or have nothing better to do, it's a nice little 30-min. activity. If you go to the top floors it's mostly glass everywhere so it has some cool views.
Sometimes they have different events or shows going on, so ask the staff. The facilities are pretty nice if you just want to sit and read or go online (computers available). I think you need to have a library card/register before you use the computers, or borrow books/media, of course.

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Reviewed May 20, 2014

Exploring the Seattle library reminds one of what great buildings and art do -- impress to start, and deliver more and more as one explores. Interesting and functional architecture both inside and out, and a solid library borrowing system.

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Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

Every corner of this place has something to gaze and marvel at. I might be biased because I love architecture but this building is just beautiful.
Other than that, it's a public library: computers, desks and books.

Thank Dabanales
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Reviewed May 17, 2014

When in Seattle, you have to check out this library. Look for the "red" hallway - it seems unreal. I like the feel of this library and the views from various floors.

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Reviewed May 13, 2014

This building is beautiful - totally worth a visit whether you're a local or a tourist; best of all, it's free! There are vibrant colors throughout, which make for excellent photo ops (especially the red hallway). This is also one of the few spots in Seattle with free public restrooms. If traveling alone, I suggest you try to avoid closing time as it can get a little sketchy.

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