ICON of Seattle

Seattle Central Library

Perhaps one of the most unusual libraries in the world, this glass building designed by acclaimed Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas opened in 2004 and features neon-lit escalators, unique sculptures and a large computer area. The new Central Library gives Seattle both a civic icon and a functional, user-friendly building that offers many different services and spaces. The 11-floor building contains an innovative "Books Spiral," a 275-seat auditorium, and open spaces where patrons can meet, study, search the web or read. The Library has centers for children, teens and adult readers, along with expanded collections and a large computer lab. It also has underground parking for about 143 vehicles.

While the library building is currently closed, you can still pick up and return Library items and print up to 10 free black and white pages per day to pick up at our curbside service location. Curbside Pickup Service is available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays - noon to 6 p.m.


1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
United States