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Seattle Public Library, Seattle

4.6
#15 of 429 in Things to do in Seattle
Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Library
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Seattle Public Library is the flagship building of the city's public library system. The 11-story glass-and-steel structure can hold about 1.45 million books, making it a must-see for literature fans and architecture enthusiasts alike. Take a self-guided tour to explore the award-winning construction. Don't miss the books spiral, a continuous series of shelves reaching four stories high. The 400 computers are a great resource. Bring a book up to the Betty Jane Narver reading room to relax with superb views of Elliott Bay. Planning Seattle trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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  • So many people raved about this library, I knew I had to see it. It definitely is on the tourist route, and you can get a handout guide at several places in the library to let you know what you’ll... 
    So many people raved about this library, I knew I had to see it. It definitely is on the tourist route, and you can get a handout guide at several places in the library to let you know what you’ll...  more »
  • If you want to experience the entire library then visit on the weekdays. That will give further access to the book stacks on floors 6-9. The single escalator (in fluorescent yellow) would have been.....  more
    If you want to experience the entire library then visit on the weekdays. That will give further access to the book stacks on floors 6-9. The single escalator (in fluorescent yellow) would have been.....  more »
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  • I came in the library last week and this was my first time at this beautiful and amazing place. Looking from the outside, I can the modernity and timeliness of the building which marks the importance and necessity of knowledge and wisdom. I had the chance to go to each floor of the building and each floor was decorated with different and bright theme. Each floor will have restrooms and reading and studying areas. You DO NOT need to have library card to get inside as long as you do not borrow books. It is a friendly, relaxing and comfortable working environment I could say. The staff are so nice, friendly, and hospitable with all your demanding requests. Overall, I highly recommend this place to everyone
  • Nice clean, quiet building with beautiful designs inside and breath taking architecture from the outside. Has a good air conditioned area to sit down and relax on the third floor where most people were just chilling out doing their work. Had no negative interactions with anyone and felt productive in the environment

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