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Seattle Public Library-Central Library, Seattle

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Libraries, Traveler Resources, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web
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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  • I have focused less on the books. The building is a masterpiece and to see very impressive from the outside and from the inside.
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  • Beautiful building with inner space very well spent. Huge and well located. Pity that our country does not have something.
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  • I am not a fan of libraries, but I am excited to see groundbreaking municipal architecture. This building is great for its wonderful angles and plays on light. 
  • 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.
  • This place is bumpin'! Shawtiez wuz all up in dis b!@/%. Watch out for dat ruff crowd near da history section. Chronic book selection! $20 for grams of bookz
  • Stunning architecture. Love stopping and staying here to read. Book selection is awesome, very organize and level 10 reading area has lots of natural light. People working here are very pleasant and always willing to help.
  • 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 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.
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