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Seattle Public Library

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1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104-1109
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was definitely one of the coolest buildings in all of Seattle. The architectural design is stunning, and the inside is huge!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank SteveRainville99
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Date of experience: March 2019
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Shaheen_17
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kevin K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Joseph B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Brrrian
Reviewed 8 February 2019 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank travellingal10
Reviewed 6 February 2019

SPL central library is a must see for its architecture alone. It can be a bit confusing at first, but it’s worth the visit and walk up to the 10th floor observatory.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank James B
Reviewed 3 February 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank jasperspoo
Reviewed 23 January 2019

We visited the library in January 2019 and loved it. So many floors of books and computers, even a nice little store for the literary shoppers out there. Plus the architecture is gorgeous!

Date of experience: January 2019
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19 September 2016|
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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
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Response from Al_Doyle_Seattle | Reviewed this property |
You might want to contact Sasquatch Books: 1904 Third Ave, Suite 710 Seattle, WA 98101 Phone: 206-467-4300 Fax: 206-467-4301
10 March 2015|
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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.