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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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  • Designed by Rem Koolhaus, the Seattle Public Library in downtown Seattle offers a light filled experience to enjoy books an programs in Seattle. Take a self-guided tour if you can to learn all the det...  more »
  • For me the a Library is a place to Public place of Peace and Quiet SO Avoid this downtown location unless You truly are here to Visit! This isn't the library to get any studying or research completed....  more »
  • There's not a lot of free or cheap things to do in the emerald city so going downtown to the "new" library is a great outing for people on a budget-with (or without) kids. There is always a line or pe...  more »
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  • I am absolutely in love with this library! It's not just beautiful from the outside, it's also incredibly comfortable and cozy on the inside! There's also a small cafe in the library where you can get coffee or tea (yum!). I only got to visit this library once when I visited downtown Seattle, I would definitely come here very often if I ever get the opportunity to stay in Seattle! :)
  • i will admit i hate libraries :P i think they're creepy and smell funny and all of those book, i mean seriously! so weird ;) but really, this is a site to see. as an architect i have never fallen in love with this building however it has won a little piece of my heart with it's charm and sensibility. this building didn't really cost any more to produce than a normal construction would have which is a big sell for me. as a public works building it's amazing how functional it is and yet interesting and unique. i commend seattle for pushing what's expected. now if we could just do the same for housing and mixed use developments across the city we'd be creating an unforgettable place. a must see and walk through anytime in the city. do some research first, there are a lot of cool gems to discover about this building.
  • Beautiful architecture! A fantastic place to study and read your way through the day.
  • Stunning glass ceilings let natural light in the vast, spacey library. The Seattle Public Library has a giant collection of books. The library also provides self-guided tours through on a card with specific directions and detailed explanations of various architectural highlights, including yellow escalators, red meeting rooms, and an amazing book spiral. Love the feeling in the library
  • I was looking for something to do on my last day in Seattle and everyone had mentioned the library. The outside looks amazing but the inside really shines. Each level is full of book and amazing areas to sit and read or work. I took the elevator to the top floor and worked my way down with each floor getting progressively larger in size. Level 5 was simply arresting in high gloss red, floor to ceiling. Halls curve with hardly any sharp corners in sight. You could easily spend 30 minutes exploring the area or sit for hours enjoying a book. Either way, you will not be disappointed.