Curbside Service Locations and Hours

Some curbside pickup tables are located outside of the building, unless otherwise noted. If you would prefer to pick up your holds outside or if you are unable to stand in line, you can call the phone number posted at the branch and a staff member will bring your items out to you.

Curbside Services are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays - noon to 6 p.m. at:

Curbside Services are available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays - noon to 6 p.m. at:

Curbside Services are available Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays - noon to 6 p.m. at:

Curbside Services are available Tuesdays and Thursdays - noon to 6 p.m. at:

Curbside Services are available Saturdays and Sundays - noon to 6 p.m. at:

How do I return my books?

How to Pick up Your Holds

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.

When you arrive to pick up your items, look for signs directing you to the holds pickup table. The table may be outside the building or in the foyer, depending on the branch. At busy times, you may need to wait in line for up to 30 minutes. Please wear a mask and stay six feet from others while waiting.

No appointment is needed to pick up your holds. Just stop by anytime during open hours at one of our locations offering Curbside or In-Building Services. 
 
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.

Free Printing

We are offering up to 10 free, black and white printed pages per person per day. At this time we cannot offer color printing or print more than 10 pages a day.

Send your document using a web browser or email and pick up at a location offering Curbside or In-Building services.

Printing pickup is available Tuesday - Saturday - noon to 6 p.m. at:

Printing pickup is available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays - noon to 6 p.m. at:

Printing pickup is available Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays - noon to 6 p.m. at:

Printing pickup is available Tuesdays and Thursdays - noon to 6 p.m. at:

Printing pickup is available Saturdays and Sundays - noon to 6 p.m. at:

Peak Picks for Curbside Services

Peak Picks

All locations offering Curbside Services have a selection of Peak Picks titles available on a first come, first served basis. You can choose any title shown on the daily menu to check out for two weeks. Peak Picks are best-sellers and popular titles available with no holds and no wait, and are available to check out during curbside pickup hours with no appointment needed.

Grab & Go Books and Checkout Bundles

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Stop by any location offering Curbside Services and request Grab & Go fiction, science fiction, fantasy or thriller books to borrow without checking out. We also have books for teens and young readers, and board books for babies. Checkout Bundles contain a surprise selection of materials by genre for you to check out. Selection varies by location.

Common Questions about our Curbside Service

What are the safety precautions the Library is taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while providing Curbside Services?

Our curbside operations adhere to the Governor's requirements for libraries, as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and the REALM project.

Our Curbside Services are designed to ensure a completely contactless checkout process and at least 6 feet of physical distancing between staff and patrons at all times. Library staff are required to wear a mask and gloves at all times when handling materials. Patrons are also asked to wear a mask when using curbside services.

We quarantine all returned Library materials for 24 hours and patrons do not have access to materials for at least five days from their return due to staff processing, shelving and retrieval times. 

When preparing materials for checkout, Library staff follow strict safety protocols to minimize the likelihood of introducing the virus to materials that will be checked out to patrons. Staff go through a daily health screening process before entering the building to work, and they are trained in best hygiene practices to ensure they are using masks and gloves properly.

If I signed up for a new e-card during the Library’s closure can I place holds on new materials?

Yes. If you registered for a new Library account during our closure, you can use this account to place holds on physical materials.

How can I get assistance with placing holds?

Ask Us online or call at 206-386-4636 to request assistance with placing holds.

Why are some branches selected for Curbside Services while others are not?

In selecting locations for Curbside Services, we were sure to open a curbside library in each region of the city that is accessible by car, bus or on foot. Not every Library branch is a curbside branch due to safety concerns and staffing. Some branches are not large enough to safely allow staff to co-work at this time of required social distancing; others are not well-configured to do the work that needs to occur to make Curbside Services a reality. The Library continues to evaluate and expand Curbside Services.

Why are some locations offering Curbside Services inside buildings, and others outside?

As the Library prepares to offer limited In-Building Services under the governor's new guidelines, many curbside locations have been established inside lobby spaces. These in-building setups allow for better efficiency in accessing and delivering Library materials to curbside patrons and they enable the Library to identify any safety or operational concerns with In-Building Services on a limited trial basis.

For our indoor curbside locations, the Library has implemented several safety precautions including physical distancing markers, a limit on the number of patrons allowed inside, plexiglass barriers between Library staff and patrons, and the same contactless checkout experience as our outdoor locations.