Libraries CLOSED all next week, but still accessible (sort of)

As is becoming an annual tradition, ALL Seattle Public Library locations will be closed next week (Monday, August 29 through Sunday, September 4) due to citywide budget cuts, in addition to being closed on Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.

This time of year is historically the least busy time for our libraries, which is why it is frequently the target for furlough days.

If you have been meaning to visit our local Northeast Branch (6801 35th Avenue NE), here are the remaining open days before the furlough begins:

    Friday, August 26, 10AM-6PM
    Saturday, August 27, 10AM-6PM
    Sunday, August 28,1PM-5PM

After this weekend, the next day the Northeast Branch will be open is Tuesday, September 6, from 10AM-8PM.

The good news: During the closure, some library services will still be accessible. As is becoming a Ravenna Blog tradition, here is a list of the Seattle Public Library services that WILL work during the closure:

  • The online catalog! But you can’t place holds.
  • “My Account” information!
  • The new online system for paying your fees and fines!
  • Calendar of Events!
  • SPL Mobile! The library system’s mobile phone app.
  • Databases! Who doesn’t enjoy a romp through Consumer Reports?!
  • Downloadable media! Got an e-reader of some sort? You may not even notice there’s a furlough happening.
  • Digital collections! Photos from AYP, historical Seattle, and the like.
  • Library BLOGS! Specifically “Push to Talk” for teens and “Shelf Talk” for adults.
  • Library podcasts!

For the list of services that will be unavailable during the one-week closure, visit