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An Interview with Seattle’s Chief Librarian, Tom Fay

From robotic kiosks to essential and safe Third Places, Seattle's Libraries chart a path to the future.

Op-Ed: How to Create Libraries of the Future 

These six ideas would create a brighter future for local libraries by adapting to emerging needs. Currently, both the Seattle Public Library (SPL) and the...
Seattle Central Library is a glassy modernist building that cantilever out at the top.

Seattle’s Public Libraries Chart a New Strategic Direction

At its core, the strategy is built on the idea that “the library makes a difference in people’s lives and in the greater community." All...
Exterior of Capital Hill Library with angled glass entry.

As Seattle Public Library Sees Funding Restored, Survey Seeks Input on Library Hours

When voters overwhelmingly passed the most recent update to Seattle's public library levy in 2019, expanded hours at all 26 neighborhood branch libraries was...
Denny Way and 7th Avenue N recently got new curb ramps. (Photo by Doug Trumm)

To Stave off Recession Ready the Shovel-Ready Infrastructure Projects

This week's financial news has been grim. With markets getting fleeced by the spreading impacts of COVID-19 and a weak response from federal officials,...

New Library Levy Proposes Small Steps Forward for Access

Last week, Seattle got a look at the proposed update to the Seattle Public Library's capital and operations levy, replacing the one expiring this...