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Seattle Central Library

Seattle Central Business District, Seattle
  • The architecture at Seattle Public Library is a can't miss
  • Amar A.
    "10th floor beware of me .."(7 Tips)
    "non-fiction book spiral"(6 Tips)
    Kaede B.
    "Rem Koolhaas is a visionary."(3 Tips)
    Pam B.
    "Very cool architecture, tons of computers."(21 Tips)
144 Tips and reviews
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  • 10th floor
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  • Daniel P.
    Daniel Plemmons2 weeks ago
    The map room is particularly cool. Obviously the architecture is great inside and out.
  • Ana S.
    Ana SantosJune 14
    Very quiet, free wi-fi.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle McLainApril 28
    Great view from top floor! Turn left when you get out of the elevator on the reading room level.
  • Yiling W.
    Bathrooms are on floor 7 & 1.
  • Matt L.
    Matt LewFebruary 26
    Go all the way to the 10th floor to view from the top. Also take the 8th floor and walk down the spiral.
  • Travis W.
    Travis WiseFebruary 16
    Grab a book, find a chair, and relax!
  • Rose J.
    Rose JangFebruary 14
    Wow! An incredibly beautiful, inviting, calming space. Architecture done right.
  • Rainbeau
    RainbeauNovember 1, 2016
    If you've never been, you ought to walk through at least once. It's also a great space to work remotely for the day.
  • Eye m.
    Eye morelandApril 13, 2016
    The floor on the first floor was installed by my friend it's great.
  • m d.
    m dFebruary 16, 2016
    Beautiful. Functional. Complicated.
  • Floyd W.
    Floyd WeedJanuary 30, 2016
    New Windows Seattle... Window Installation Seattle...
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezDecember 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Stop wasting money on new books and Amazon. Get them here instead.
  • Geoffrey B.
    Geoffrey BrailsfordNovember 24, 2015
    Take some time to casually walk around. There's so much to explore! Don't get lost.
  • Benjamin C.
    Benjamin ChaitNovember 13, 2015
    Incredible architecture.
  • Felipe V.
    Felipe Vargas JiménezNovember 4, 2015
    The most beautiful library I'd ever seen
  • Curtis J.
    Curtis J.September 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful - inside and out
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BuckleyAugust 18, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Simply one of the world's best. This is no library. This is a flight terminal for armchair travel!
  • Oremo O.
    Oremo OchilloAugust 2, 2015
    Love the architecture of this building
  • Patricia L.
    Patricia LeeJuly 30, 2015
    Worth a visit if you need wifi! Beautiful building, but it truly is a library: just books and people working. Also, smells a bit like feet. 🙈
  • Rüya
    RüyaJuly 22, 2015
    Perfect! 30 minutes + 15 minutes additional internet for guests and nice building.
  • Audrey
    AudreyJuly 20, 2015
    The architecture is beautiful. Stop by if you can.
  • James A.
    James A.June 28, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Beautiful building. Unfortunately for the homeless this is one of the only places sane to hang out. Toilets are often trashed
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WongMay 26, 2015
    Amazing architecture! Would spend hours here if I could. Check out the highest point!
  • James L.
    James LeMay 19, 2015
    Just a great community building to read, study and work
  • Jenn P.
    Jenn PMay 8, 2015
    Gorgeous building.
  • CNN
    CNNApril 13, 2015
    Seattle's $166 million Central Library opened in 2004. Designed by Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Ramus, the building contains 9,994 pieces of exterior glass with 4,644 tons of steel. Read more
    Upvoted 1 day ago
  • Claudia F.
    Claudia FernandezApril 8, 2015
    Great lunch break at the Library. 😊
  • Jhayne C.
    Jhayne CamagongApril 3, 2015
    The architectural made is Awesome!
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FoleyMarch 28, 2015
    If nothing else, go inside simply to see the windows.
  • Catalina O.
    Catalina OteroMarch 23, 2015
    There's a whole section up on the top floor dedicated to Seattle history. Looking at some old yearbooks from the previous century was really interesting!
  • Mary S.
    Mary SFebruary 16, 2015
    It is a very magical library experience
  • Jason S.
    Jason StoffFebruary 16, 2015
    Beautiful architecture. Great place for out-of-office work.
  • Eppy T.
    Eppy ThatcherFebruary 9, 2015
    Find the baby book nursery on the sixth floor.
  • Landon H.
    Landon HowellJanuary 17, 2015
    Find the red hall.
  • Kristine G.
    Kristine GelsanoNovember 19, 2014
    Cool! I've never seen a Public Library like this. I enjoyed the modern architecture & interior design. I like how the floors spirals up. There's also a cafe in where you can get coffee/drinks & food.
  • Lailanie G.
    Lailanie GadiaNovember 5, 2014
    Great architecture. Good place to hangout, study, and take a break from the downtown Seattle hustle and bustle with the quiet atmosphere.
  • Dirty B.
    Dirty BirdOctober 20, 2014
    Gorgeous building with lots of glass near the water front.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MaldonadoOctober 13, 2014
    Beautiful interiors and exteriors! It is not a building you would expect for a library.
  • Matthew
    MatthewSeptember 16, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Haven't been here in a few weeks. Good library for doing good research.
  • Jack N.
    Jack NevinSeptember 13, 2014
    One of the best. Huge selection, amazing decor and fantastic atmosphere
  • Jihee K.
    Jihee KimSeptember 9, 2014
    Awesome architecture!
  • David S.
    David StrasserAugust 31, 2014
    Take lots of pictures.
  • Nicholas G.
    Nicholas GraysonAugust 16, 2014
    They have books here. There are a lot of them.
  • Irina
    IrinaAugust 15, 2014
    Architecture of the building and the ambiance inside are a bit too abstract and futuristic to be soothing. It's one of Seattle's notable landmarks, so is worth checking out.
  • Edward Y.
    Edward YnAugust 10, 2014
    nice place
  • JACK
    JACKMay 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great time
  • Adams R.
    Adams RitzmanMarch 28, 2014
    Great service, excellent selection of material...
  • Veronica S.
    Veronica S.January 27, 2014
    If you're looking for a book from the aviation room, go to the 10th floor to order it. The book can be used just in library. And the room is closed on Friday.
  • AAF Seattle
    AAF SeattleDecember 19, 2013
    Site of the AAF Seattle Speaker Series: David Burkus on "The Myths of Creativity," 12/19/2013. #CreativeMyths [info] Read more
  • Kaede B.
    Kaede BalazsNovember 14, 2013
    Whether you love books, or architecture, or both, check out the library downtown. Rem Koolhaas is a visionary.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammOctober 30, 2013
    Look for the audio tour signs--all you need is your phone. Call the number and learn about this crazy building.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HealyOctober 30, 2013
    Those hooks you see hanging below the windows on the top floor are for window washers. *faints*
  • Michael W.
    Michael WOctober 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't hold your breath about trying to get online with their WiFi, it is pretty slow and doesn't hold a connection. Go to Starbucks.
  • @njwineandbeer
    @njwineandbeerOctober 8, 2013
    Cool architecture meant to look like a stack of books
  • Pam B.
    Pam BorghiniOctober 7, 2013
    Must see. Very cool architecture, tons of computers. Dont get lost!
  • Amar A.
    Amar AbudawoodOctober 6, 2013
    10th floor beware of me ..
  • Amar A.
    Amar AbudawoodOctober 1, 2013
    The best place where you can ever study and relax,also they provide many classes to teach english it's called Talk Time ..
  • Drew T.
    Drew TysonSeptember 27, 2013
    Wander around for an hour
  • Carolyn W.
    Carolyn WeiAugust 31, 2013
    Find children's books in other languages. Many in Chinese, Vietnamese, and Spanish.
  • veronique @ ..
    The hub of Seattle's 25-branch library system, the Central Library, is a stunning jewel of a building that stands out against the concrete jungle of Downtown.
  • Hanny
    HannyAugust 22, 2013
    Wifi was not really good here ><
  • Brad F.
    Brad FultsJuly 27, 2013
    One of the most awesome buildings in Seattle. Walk up the giant ramps, go down the neon elevator and walk through the confusingly geometric hallway.
  • Robertao
    RobertaoJune 23, 2013
    Biiiiiiig & Nice
  • AAF Seattle
    AAF SeattleJune 12, 2013
    The architectural views here alone will open windows in your mind. Tap into this space!
  • Lane K.
    Lane KMay 27, 2013
    Really big library. Lots of hippies and homeless people. Outside kinda smells like pee.
  • Robb D.
    Robb D.May 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Generally a large homeless shelter with books
  • ⛵Captain J.
    ⛵Captain Jack⛵March 19, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    You haven't filed for your taxes, and need help? The United Way is offering assistance to doing your taxes. The will even eFile your return. They also have service for basic needs.
  • Shannon M.
    Shannon McDonoughJanuary 29, 2013
    If you are on a Mac or iPad and are having trouble connecting to wi-fi, try turning off your wi-fi, restarting, then turning wi-fi back on. Not guaranteed, but worked for me.
  • Corey K.
    Corey KimballJanuary 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Architecturally magnificent.
  • Corey K.
    Corey KimballJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Incredible library.
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie ChaseJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    The 11th floor, where the majority of HQ is located, is accessible by library staff only.
    TruthorDare.usNovember 13, 2012
    We dare you to schedule an architectural or general tour at the Seattle Public Library and then search for your family surname in the Genealogy Collection.
  • ⛵Captain J.
    ⛵Captain Jack⛵November 10, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Ethernet plugs (for those who don't have a WI-Fi capable device or who need more security) on a few floors are available to connect to the Internet. this one is located on the 8th floor.
  • Billy B.
    Billy BonesOctober 15, 2012
    omg there some hot security here
  • Irene M.
    Irene MSeptember 6, 2012
    Designed by Rem Koolhas. It is worthy of all the hype and locals are rightfully proud to live in a place where such projects actually happen. Bill Gates chipped in $20 million for this too.
  • Mel H.
    Mel HoyleAugust 30, 2012
    Across the street is a great restaurant - Sazerac that is part of the Kimpton Hotel that serves perfect soft boiled eggs. Rare find.
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah Malloy-GoodAugust 16, 2012
    There is a free self-guided cell phone tour throughout the library. Fun fact: the public art outside the meeting rooms on the 4th floor is excerpts from Robert's Rulesand of Order.
  • ELS Language Centers
    The flagship library of Seattle’s Public Library system
  • Victor Y.
    Victor YeungMay 27, 2012
    Hello 10th Floor
  • Foundation Center
    Foundation CenterMay 22, 2012
    Looking for grant and fundraising information? Access Foundation Center resources, including Foundation Directory Online Professional, for FREE at this location!
  • Tessa M.
    I love the escalator.
  • Paige T.
    Paige TurnerApril 6, 2012
    Be sure to visit the FriendShop on Level 3 and check in for a Foursquare special!
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MMarch 3, 2012
    Great building for photography
  • ⛵Captain J.
    ⛵Captain Jack⛵February 17, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    "The surplus wealth of the few shall become in the best sense the property of the many." - Andrew Carnegie
  • ⛵Captain J.
    ⛵Captain Jack⛵February 17, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    These computers you can use for two hours if used for job related work. Doesn't take away from your allotted time of 90 mins.
  • ⛵Captain J.
    ⛵Captain Jack⛵February 10, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Library offering FREE tax preparation.
  • Nicholas M.
    Nicholas MinnottFebruary 2, 2012
    Marvel ad this hideousness
  • ⛵Captain J.
    ⛵Captain Jack⛵January 31, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Best tip/tool ever. The directory on your phone.
  • ⛵Captain J.
    ⛵Captain Jack⛵January 21, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    2 hours of computer use for job searching that doesn't go against your personal allotment.
  • Carolyn K.
    Carolyn KaoJanuary 9, 2012
    UCSD's Geisel Library can't hold a dime to this!
  • Larry C.
    Larry CollinsDecember 28, 2011
    You can use the computers for 90 minutes and then you will have to come back tommorrow.
  • Dustin K.
    Dustin KeefeDecember 17, 2011
    Read a book.
  • Jose R.
    Jose ReynaDecember 9, 2011
    Be sure to visit the gift shop.
  • T R
    T RNovember 25, 2011
    From the 10th floor, walk past the elevators and around the corner. Watch the movie projected to the side of the lower floors as you look down to the 2nd floor stacks. This place is a treasure trove.
  • T R
    T RNovember 25, 2011
    Each "side" of the building utilized a different type of glass. Compare at the angles & you will see the differences, intended to highlight various views of the city, rain & sky.
  • Roberto J.
    Roberto Juárez-GarzaNovember 24, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Your coffee allowed in the premises as long as it has a tightly-closed lid.
  • Jay C.
    Jay ChamOctober 25, 2011
    in the central though
  • Quentin J.
    Quentin JohnsonOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    People watch galore!
  • Aun S.
    Aun SoyotoOctober 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Skip lunch, and then done your HW@ here :)
  • Todd Z.
    Todd ZSeptember 20, 2011
    Amazing architecture and design! Read more
  • Marina M.
    Marina MJune 16, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Интересная архитектура. Есть бесплатный вай-фай . На первом этаже есть раздел Русской литературы.
  • Patrícia T.
    Patrícia TavaresMay 30, 2015
    Visita obrigatória!! 📚
  • Nao T.
    Nao TomitaMay 14, 2015
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    Norma LyndeJanuary 22, 2015
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  • Yuji O.
    Yuji OtsuboNovember 23, 2014
  • Raúl G.
    Raúl GodoyJuly 5, 2013
    El internet por wifi es 15mb pero si usas ethernet cable es 55mb.
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