Road to Reopening
Status of Library services at a glance: Bookmark this page for the latest information. Updated July 6, 2021.
More branches reopening in July
The following branches will reopen in July:
West Seattle Branch: Reopening July 6. Branch hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Northgate Branch: Reopening July 6. Branch hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Northeast Branch: Reopening July 7. Branch hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Green Lake Branch: Reopening July 8. Branch hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.
Capitol Hill Branch: Reopening July 11. Branch hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.
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Masks Required in Libraries
The Library requires the use of masks by staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status. Children under two years old are exempt from this requirement.
As we continue to work toward a return to normal services, some modifications remain in place. These services are affected by staffing levels or health and safety restrictions.
- Meeting rooms remain closed until further notice.
- We are not currently offering in-person events at Library locations. You can still attend many Library events virtually.
- All services at Library locations are offered from a distance and without physical contact.
- Some branches remain closed due to staffing issues or space restrictions. For a list of open locations visit Hours & Locations.
We will notify you when your holds are ready to be picked up. Visit our Notifications page to learn how to choose email, phone or text notifications. You can choose any open Library location for holds pickup. Holds will be available inside the building, unless you request that we bring them out to you. Self-checkout stations are available for you to check out your items.
If you are unable to stand in line or need help picking up your items, please call the number found on signs at the branch to let staff know you have arrived. We can bring you items to your vehicle or another nearby location.
If you have holds available and you’d like to pick them up at a different branch, please use this form to request a new pickup location.
Computers & Wi-Fi
Computers with internet access are available for you to use for up to two hours per day. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free Wi-Fi is available to use with your own device at all Library locations.
Charge your devices quickly and safely. Charging stations are limited, and available on a first-come, first served basis.
Common questions about services in 2021
I don’t have a Library card. Can I apply for one online?
Yes! You can sign up for a Library card online. In order to provide instant access, we will automatically verify your Seattle address. If we are unable to verify your address, we will ask you to provide additional information. People who successfully sign up will get instant access to Library materials and resources.
Parents and guardians of children under 13 can also apply for a child's card online. Also, through our Library Link program, if you are a Seattle Public School student in grades K-12, or a Seattle Public School teacher in grades K-12, you can access the Library’s digital books and online resources. Find out more about our Library Link.
I have a Library card, but can’t figure out how to sign into my account online.
How can I stay up to date on Library operations and what’s available?
Can I contact the Library through chat, email or phone?
Can I suggest titles for new materials you don’t have in your catalog?
Currently, we are only accepting title suggestions for e-books and e-audiobooks. We are still working through a backlog for the ordering and processing of new materials, so we do not yet have the capacity to take on additional title suggestions at this time.
Are the Bookmobile and Books by Mail services available?
The Library’s Mobile Services, including Bookmobile and Books by Mail, are available. The Books by Mail service is signing up new patrons who are unable to visit their neighborhood branch due to age or disability.
Which digital resources are available for me to use with my Library card?
Can I reserve a computer ahead of time?
No, computers are only available on a first-come, first-served basis during open hours, for up to two hours a day. See our computer page for more information.
Can I use a meeting or study room?
For now, meeting rooms and study rooms remain closed to the public.