We are offering limited services inside several Library branches. You can enter these locations Tuesdays through Saturdays during specified open hours between noon and 6 p.m., with closed cleaning breaks scheduled throughout the day. You can pick up your holds, use a computer or Wi-Fi, print up to 10 pages, charge a device, use a restroom or simply sit and read.
Locations with In-Building Services
We are continuing to open more locations for In-Building Services as we move toward fully reopening. Check the Hours & Locations page for current hours at all buildings with Curbside or In-Building Services. Currently, In-Building Services are available at:
Everyone is required to wear a mask while in Library buildings and while using Curbside Services. If you cannot wear a mask that completely covers your mouth and nose, please call the number found on signs at the branch and arrange for us to help you while you remain outside.
We periodically close buildings for cleaning throughout the day, and each building has a “sanitation station” with free masks for adults and children, as well as hand sanitizer. Disinfectant wipes are also available for you to use. We quarantine all returned materials for 24 hours. We limit the number of people to 25% of the maximum capacity of the spaces where In-Building Services are provided, and you may not eat or drink inside Library buildings.
Locations with In-Building services are open to a limited number of patrons during specified open hours, with closed cleaning breaks throughout the day. Open public use sessions and closed cleaning break times are posted outside the main entrance. You may visit the branch during multiple time blocks on the same day, and you can still pick up holds when the branch is closed for cleaning.
Schedule of In-Building Services
|Noon - 1:30 p.m.||In-Building Services|
|1:30 - 2:30 p.m.||Building closed for cleaning; holds pickup available|
|2:30 – 4 p.m.||In-Building Services|
|4 - 4:30 p.m.||Building closed for cleaning; holds pickup available|
|4:30 - 5:45 p.m.||In-Building Services|
|5:45 – 6 p.m.||Building closed for cleaning; holds pickup available|
You can pick up holds, request Grab & Go books or SPL Bundles, or select Peak Picks to check out at locations offering In-Building Services. Holds are still available when we close the building for cleaning.
If you need help picking up your items or do not want to go inside, please call the number found on signs at the branch to let staff know you have arrived. We can bring your items to your vehicle or another nearby location.
Computers, Wi-Fi and Printing
A limited number of 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. You can use your two-hour computer time during multiple sessions, but you will be signed out shortly before we close the library for cleaning to give everyone time to leave.
Keyboards and mice are cleaned and disinfected throughout the day. Free Wi-Fi is available to use with your own device at all Library locations. You may also print, scan or copy up to 10 free black-and-white pages per day to pick up in the building or at Curbside Services. Faxing is available at the Beacon Hill and Southwest branches.
Charge your devices quickly and safely, while maintaining a six-foot distance from others. Charging stations are limited, and available on a first-come, first served basis. Devices must be removed when we close the building for cleaning.
Common Questions about In-Building Services:
What is the difference between In-Building and Curbside Services?
At locations with In-Building Services, you can enter buildings during open hours to pick up holds (or check out Peak Picks, or take a Grab & Go bag), as well as sit and read, use Wi-Fi or a computer, charge a device, use a restroom or talk to a staff member – from a distance, of course. Curbside Services include holds pickup, printing pickup, Peak Picks and Grab & Go requests, typically in the lobby of a library and sometimes outside.
When will my branch be open for In-Building Services?
As we have with Curbside Services, we will continue to add locations and expand services, based on public health data, Library safety protocols and staffing.
We post updates on this page and you can find services available at each location at www.spl.org/Hours.
Why did you choose these branches for In-Building Services?
We selected initial branches for In-Building Services because they are in different regions of Seattle, and are located in areas where residents may be more likely to benefit from resources such as computers and Wi-Fi. We’ve also considered factors such as the layout of a library and the capacity that our public service areas can support with current physical distancing guidelines in place.
What if I don’t want to enter a Library building to pick up my holds?
If you are unable to stand in line or do not want to enter a building to pick up your items (as most Curbside Services are offered in building lobbies), please call the number found on signs at the branch to let staff know you have arrived. We can bring your items to your vehicle or another nearby location.
Can I sit and read?
Yes! Branches have limited seating arranged to enable physical distancing. We have installed Plexiglass where needed to further protect staff and patrons. Staff will maintain six feet of distance while assisting you. All seating is regularly cleaned and wipes are available for you to clean chairs and computers.
Why can’t we browse the stacks yet? Don’t you know that the CDC now says that the risk of surface transmission is low?
We are beginning our In-Building Services with the same cautious approach that has kept our patrons and staff safe throughout the pandemic. For now, we are operating under Phase 2 guidelines with as many contactless services as possible. The state of Washington also requires a 24-hour quarantine of returned Library materials, which makes browsing the collection an operational challenge. We know how eager you are to browse the shelves, and we will restore access to browsing as soon as we can.
Why are you operating buildings at 25% capacity, when Phase 3 in King County allows 50%?
Because of increased COVID rates in King County and our commitment to keeping our patrons and staff safe, we are taking a cautious approach to resuming In-Building Services. For now, we are operating under Phase 2 guidelines – using as many contactless services as possible and a 25% of capacity entrance limit for open areas. With our In-Building safety planning, we also account for shared airspace in our libraries, mask enforcement, physical distancing and use of furniture and computers, air change rates, cleaning and sanitizing protocols, security protocols, and much more, for all 27 Library locations.
Can I reserve a computer ahead of time?
No, computers at locations with In-Building Services are only available on a first-come, first-served basis during In-Building open hours, for up to two hours a day. You must log off and leave the building during scheduled cleaning breaks. See our computer page for more information.
Can I use the restroom?
Restrooms are available at locations offering In-Building Services during open hours, at reduced capacity. We close restrooms periodically for scheduled cleaning. Water fountains are not available.
Can I use a meeting or study room?
For now, meeting rooms and study rooms remain closed to the public.
Will other branches still be offering Curbside Pickup Service?
Any branch previously offering Curbside Services will continue to do so. Learn more about Curbside Services and which locations currently offer them.