Get started at Library branches
We have 27 Library locations in neighborhoods throughout Seattle. Everyone is welcome to come use our spaces and equipment, browse our collections and ask our staff for help or information. Learn about our rooms, meeting spaces, equipment, programs, services and resources that are available at our branch locations.
Using Branches FAQs
What events and classes does the Library offer?
How much do Library events and classes cost?
All Library events and classes are free! Sometimes we ask that you register in advance. Explore our event calendar.
Do I need to register in advance for Library events and classes?
Sometimes. Most of our events do not require registration. When we think that an event will be popular, we may ask that you register in advance. You can check our event calendar to see if you need to register.
Do I need a Library card to attend events or classes?
No. All our events are free and open to the public even if you do not have a Library card.
How can I find out about upcoming Library events and classes?
You can view our calendar by event type, location or date. You can also search using the search button at the top of each page. From the event page, you can email or text event details to yourself and to others. Subscribe to our email newsletter to get information on upcoming events. You can also subscribe to the library calendar via RSS feed, or using most popular calendar tools.
Do events and classes fill up?
Sometimes. We recommend you register in advance when possible, and arrive early to get a seat.
Is the Library a safe space for me and my family?
We work hard to make sure your Library is a safe and welcoming space for everyone. You may see our friendly security staff when you visit your branch. All of our branches are Safe Places for teens who need help. We ask that you help us keep your Library safe, clean and quiet by following our Rules of Conduct.
What does the Library offer for people who cannot get to a Library Branch?
If you are not able to visit one of our branches you may still be eligible for Library services. We send our Mobile Services team to facilities serving children, adults and seniors. You can also get monthly deliveries or Books by Mail at home if you have a long-term illness or disability. We also offer online resources and digital books and media you can access on the internet with your Library card.
Are there resources in my language at Library branches?
Start here if you speak:
We have many resources in languages other than English, including newspapers in more than 60 languages. The Central Library also has a large collection of materials in other languages. You can find books and media in dozens of languages at the Central Library.
Many neighborhood branches also offer books and media in the following languages:
- Amharic: NewHolly Branch
- Chinese: Beacon Hill, International District / Chinatown, Lake City and Rainier Beach Branches
- Japanese: International District / Chinatown Branch
- Korean: International District / Chinatown Branch
- Russian: Lake City and Northgate Branches
- Spanish: Beacon Hill, Columbia (kids' materials), Douglass-Truth, Greenwood, Lake City, South Park and Southwest Branches
- Somali: NewHolly Branch
- Vietnamese: Beacon Hill, International District / Chinatown, Columbia, Delridge, Lake City and Rainier Beach Branches
What do I need to know if I’m new to Seattle?
As soon as you have an address in Seattle you can get your Library card. If you came from another country, explore our resources for immigrants and refugees. We also offer resources for those whose first language is not English.
Looking for a job? Explore Your Next Job for 1:1 help with your job search. If you have a Library Card, live tutors from Tutor.com can help with job applications, resumes and cover letters. We also have free Job Resources you can use.