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The architecture of this Seattle library is reason enough to make sure you at least drive by if you are visiting Seattle. But the insides are what is really important. Sunny and comfortable reading spaces make it a great resting spot. Access to free Internet...More
I love libraries. I wish I had more time to spend there. This library is huge! It's 10 floors high and very nicely designed. I would've loved to spend the whole day reading there, but since I was in Seattle only for a couple of...More
We were spending a weekend in Seattle and our hotel window looked out toward the main Seattle Public Library. It is a striking building so we decided to take a look on a cold rainy winter day. Frankly we spent almost two hours. The interior...More
When we arrived the people were friendly. The atmosphere was pleasing the questions I had were answered quickly . I cannot wait until we go back for another visit to this place. My wife loved it there also
This beautiful library is centrally located in Seattle and must-see when visiting or hosting visitors. Be sure to work your way up to the highest viewing point for a great selfie (if you're not scared of heights). Public computers/Internet are available, although the free service...More
There is a reason this was named one of the most interesting and beautiful libraries. The building is a must see from the outside, but if you are a fan of books and libraries then from the inside too. The staff is nice too.
We have visited the public library every time we have been in Seattle since we discovered it. It seems like an odd choice for a tourist visit, but you will not be disappointed. It is a gorgeous building with great style and amazing architecture. The...More
Response from beasleys-mom | Reviewed this property |
There's actually parking in the building, but I suspect it is quite pricey. In general, you'll manage downtown Seattle better without a car. There is pretty decent bus service. And you can walk. It's a relatively... More
There's actually parking in the building, but I suspect it is quite pricey. In general, you'll manage downtown Seattle better without a car. There is pretty decent bus service. And you can walk. It's a relatively compact city center (which makes it doable), but there are some steep hills (which may pose problems.)
You can actually avoid a lot of the hills if you know the buildings in the area. For instance, if you want to go from Fourth Avenue to Fifth Avenue, you can walk up the really steep hill or you can walk into the Fourth Street entrance to the library (flat entry, no stairs), take the escalator two floors up, and walk out the Fifth avenue entrance to the library (flat entry, no stairs). There are lots of buildings with public access in the city center that serve the same function.
Response from ABSeaperson | Reviewed this property |
The Friends of the Seattle Public LIbrary collect and sell books for the benefit of the library budget. You can find out more by going to the main library's web site or to that of the Friends themselves.