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Level 1: Fourth Avenue entrance
Like the entrance off Fifth Avenue, there is a desk for book return, checkout and library-card registration. The Children's Center holds about 80,000 books and 26 computers and features a story-hour room for 100 people.

The main auditorium, which can seat 425, extends from the first to the third floor and, when not in use, provides access between those floors. The south side is home to an English as a Second Language (ESL), literacy and multilingual area, with computerized language-learning assistance.

ESL floor

The floor, a functional art installment by Ann Hamilton, is 7,200 square feet of maple wood in which words from 12 languages have been carved backwards representative of the blocks used in typesetting.
Overview: All floors | Level 1: Fourth Avenue entrance | Level 3: Living Room | Level 5: Mixing Chamber | Level 9-6: Book Spiral
Fourth Avenue entrance
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Brutal beauty
A former doubter declares the library a marriage of civic splash and practical intimacy.
Stunning images by Seattle Times photographer Benjamin Benschneider.

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Parking for two hours is $10.50, with validation.
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   Monday - Thursday:
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday - Saturday:
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Noon - 6 p.m.

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