Seattle Public Library Reopens


THE CAPITOL HILL BRANCH OF THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY TO REOPEN JULY 11

The Seattle Public Library will reopen the Capitol Hill Branch (425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle) on Sunday, July 11, it announced today. The branch will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Sundays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

With the reopening of the Capitol Hill Branch, 22 out of 27 Library locations are open for patrons to browse collections and check out books, use a computer or Wi-Fi, charge devices, ask for assistance or simply sit and read.

A complete list of reopening dates and operating hours is provided below.

The Library has made other recent changes: All reopened locations are open at 100% capacity and do not require physical distancing, which has made it possible to reintroduce additional computer stations and seating. For now, mask requirements remain in place.

Because the Library is reintroducing self-service printing, copying and faxing, the Library’s COVID-era limited free printing of 10 pages per day will be phased out in the next few weeks. Library locations will also resume accepting cash payments for printing, copying and faxing services, as well as fees such as those for lost books (the Library never charges overdue fines).

Meeting rooms, study rooms and in-person programs are not yet available at reopened Library locations.

The Capitol Hill Branch has not been open for in-building services to patrons since March 2020, though it has accepted materials returns and provided public restroom access. Five libraries – the Fremont, Madrona-Sally Goldmark, Montlake, NewHolly and Wallingford branches – are not yet providing Library services due to staffing constraints as a result of COVID-era, citywide budget cuts. Thanks to $1.1 million in funding from the City’s Seattle Rescue Plan, the Library anticipates returning to pre-pandemic staffing levels to support the reopening of all locations and the expansion of open hours.

COMPLETE LIST OF REOPENED LOCATIONS AND HOURS

Reopened libraries will operate on the following schedule. Newly reopened libraries are listed in bold. Visit the Library’s Hours and Locations page (www.spl.org/Hours) for a complete list of locations and services currently available, and visit our Shelter page (www.spl.org/Shelter) for a list of libraries with air conditioning (also noted in the list below with the abbreviation A/C).

· Ballard Branch (A/C)

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

· Beacon Hill Branch (A/C)

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

· Broadview Branch (A/C)

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

· Central Library (Levels 1, 3 & 5) (A/C)

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

· Capitol Hill Branch (A/C)

o Reopening: Sunday, July 11

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

· Columbia Branch

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays

· Delridge Branch (A/C)

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays

· Douglass-Truth Branch (A/C)

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

· Green Lake Branch

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays

· Greenwood Branch (A/C)

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays

· High Point (A/C)

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays

· International District/Chinatown Branch (A/C)

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays

· Lake City Branch (A/C)

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

· Magnolia Branch (A/C)

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays

· Northeast Branch

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays

· Northgate Branch (A/C)

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

· Queen Anne Branch

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

· Rainier Beach Branch (A/C)

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays

· South Park (A/C)

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays

· Southwest Branch

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays

· University Branch

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays

· West Seattle Branch

o Operating hours: 10 a.m. to 6 pm. Tuesdays; noon to 6 p.m. Sundays

Libraries without air conditioning do sometimes close due to high temperatures; find updated status alerts on the Library’s website at www.spl.org.

MORE INFORMATION

Check spl.org/hours for a complete list of hours and services at each branch. The Library’s Road to Reopening page shares the latest updates on our reopening process.

Contact the Library’s Ask Us service by phone at 206-386-4636 or by email or chat at spl.org/Ask. Staff are ready to answer questions and direct you to helpful resources and information.