Seattle Public Library-Central Library, Seattle

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Seattle Public Library-Central Library is the flagship building of the city's public library system. The 11-story glass-and-steel structure can hold about 1.45 million books, making it a must-see for literature fans and architecture enthusiasts alike. Take a self-guided tour to explore the award-winning construction. Don't miss the books spiral, a continuous series of shelves reaching four stories high. The 400 computers are a great resource. Bring a book up to the Betty Jane Narver reading room to relax with superb views of Elliott Bay. Arrange your visit to Seattle Public Library-Central Library and discover more family-friendly attractions in Seattle using our Seattle trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 14, 2017
    It was put in the lead on the outside. A variety of books in various languages and also in the external as well as internal can see out through the glass. The design is pretty long stay was the library you want to go.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Beautiful architecture, great views, all glass. Must see the all red floor and rounded walls. Floors are sloped for walking down the floors so no stairs.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Seattle Public Library is a vibrant, unusual place to visit. You wouldn't expect to find such an interesting library but this is truly amazing. Don't miss the map room!  more »
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  • July 5, 2017
    I just came here to take pictures. Beautiful architecture. Free WiFi as with most public libraries. Lots of daylight which is very pleasant. Rather shocked at the state of the restrooms; not something you would expect in such a building. Also toilet booths are so low you can just look in at someone taking a dump; no privacy. Noticed a Microsoft certification center here and a Boeing technical training center. I find the layout of the building rather confusing; I had some trouble finding the way down.
  • May 24, 2017
    Very glitzy, aesthetically appealing modern design. Conveniently located near 3rd Avenue and University Street Station, resulting in easy public transportation access. Has a wide selection of books and historical archives that would take years to fully explore. Top floor has a decent view and is a nice, quiet place to read or study. Restrooms are new, but are quite dirty and have very low stall doors.
  • June 16, 2017
    Super cool architecture and interior design. We spent an hour wandering around checking it out. Grab a coffee from the coffee cart on level 3, check out the little shop, then go up to the 10th floor for some cool views. Bathrooms weren't super clean, but that wasn't exactly surprising. The whole place looks like it could be in Stockholm or Copenhagen.
  • May 24, 2017
    This isn't a review but a love note. Seriously, though, love this place and I can usually find a good spot to read or write or work on something on some floor. 4th floor is more open. The stacks above have a cave like feelings, should you want that (with windows, though, as the lighting is great throughout) while the top reading area also has its positives with its clear ceiling and all. Seriously my new favorite library.
  • April 16, 2017
    I love the way that this library accommodates "even" the homeless. It's a great place to kill some time "as a bum - nobody, nothing" and learn something. I frequent the library to use my own laptop, access community resources like Ancestry Online, study for work and even to watch a free movie. I love this resource, in my community and am grateful that they welcome everybody.

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