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Getting to know the new central library
A walk around the outside of the new Seattle Public Library downtown, with its sloping steel and glass surfaces, can't help but make you curious about what's inside.

It may take several visits to fully explore the new library, and this guide will help you find your way around.

The concept behind
the building

Building concept
Automated book sorting

Book sorting system
Windows block sun, keep views

Book sorting system
Click on the links below for more details
Overview: All floors | Level 1: Fourth Avenue entrance | Level 3: Living Room | Level 5: Mixing Chamber | Level 9-6: Book Spiral
Central Library

Graphics and research by Kristopher Lee, Mark Nowlin and Whitney Stensrud / THE SEATTLE TIMES
  Pacific Northwest magazine  
  Photo gallery
  Getting there
  Hours of operation
Brutal beauty
A former doubter declares the library a marriage of civic splash and practical intimacy.
Stunning images by Seattle Times photographer Benjamin Benschneider.

· Slideshow
Photo gallery
1000 Fourth Ave.
· Location map

Parking for two hours is $10.50, with validation.
Location map

· Seattle Public Library site
   Monday - Thursday:
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday:
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Noon - 6 p.m.

Closed holidays home
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