THE SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY EXPANDS CURBSIDE PICKUP AND RETURN SERVICES


Library patrons can now pick up holds at 13 locations, return materials at 18 locations and place up to 50 items on hold


Starting Tuesday, Jan. 19, The Seattle Public Library will expand locations and hours for Curbside Pickup and material return services. With this expansion, the Library now offers Curbside service at 13 locations, and patrons can return materials at 18 locations throughout the city of Seattle.

“We developed our new Curbside service last summer to give patrons access to books, CDs, DVDs and other materials while Library buildings are closed,” said Andrew Harbison assistant director for Collections and Access. “Seattle residents will now be able to use this popular service in more neighborhoods to pick up their eagerly awaited holds and return their items.”

See www.spl.org/Hours for a full list of services at each location, but highlights of the expansion includes:

- Two new Curbside Pickup Service locations: Patrons of Magnolia and Northgate branches can now pick up holds at those locations three days a week. Book drops at these locations will also be open for returns.

- Additional Curbside days at six locations: Six Library locations will expand Curbside Pickup Service from three to five days a week: the Ballard, Broadview, Douglass-Truth, Lake City, Rainier Beach and Southwest branches.

- Additional return locations: Have a stack of books to return? Five Library locations have added return service: the Magnolia, Northgate, Queen Anne, South Park and West Seattle branches. You can now return materials at 18 locations around the city.

- Free Curbside printing: The Library’s free Curbside printing service is now available at nine locations. Patrons can order up to 10 black-and-white pages a day. Find locations, hours and a how-to at www.spl.org/Print.

- Increased holds limit: Starting Jan. 19, the maximum number of holds patrons can place on physical materials has increased from 25 items to 50 items.

Curbside Pickup Service locations offer additional services, including a selection of Peak Picks (there are new titles for January!) that patrons can browse and add to their checkouts, Grab & Go bundles of books sorted by genre, and free child-sized and adult disposable masks available for patron use.

In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, patrons should wear face coverings and maintain six feet of separation from other patrons and staff. The Library will continue to follow best practices for the health and safety of our patrons and staff, including social distancing, regular cleaning and sanitation, wearing personal protective equipment, requiring the use of face masks, plexiglass barriers and quarantining of Library materials.

Visit www.spl.org/Curbside for information on how Curbside Pickup Service works and www.spl.org/Hours for a schedule of services at each Curbside location. The Library’s Road to Reopening page shares the latest updates on our reopening process and the Chief Librarian’s Winter Message shares his reflection on 2020.

MORE INFORMATION

The Seattle Public Library also has many free online services, resources and programs available while its physical buildings remain closed. Contact the Library’s Ask Us service by phone at 206-386-4636 or by email or chat at www.spl.org/Ask. Staff are ready to answer questions and direct you to helpful resources and information during this challenging time.