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“Nice building, average selection”

Seattle Public Library
Ranked #25 of 470 things to do in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 19 August 2012

The district deserves a better library considering more than 3.4 million citizens are served. It's great architecturally, and is wonderfully cool and quiet in the summer, but its shelves are filled with old and out of date reference books and a poor fiction selection. Clear that the library has been starved of cash recently.

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Reviewed 19 August 2012

This is the single most amazing building i have ever seen or been in. It is beautiful and every floor is filled with light and miraculous engineering. In fact, I recommend exploring the building by getting off at every floor. The fourth floor is a riot of vibrant pink ceilings, walls, and floor, the tenth floor has an amazing view to the bottom, the third floor has a small snack area, and everywhere are the coolest furnishings for people to read and study.

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Reviewed 17 August 2012

This library was worth visiting and I highly recommend it for any book enthusiast.

My teen & tween loved it, insisting they get to chill out and read there for awhile after we finished exploring the many levels. I found the red hall and neon yellow elevators intriguing. The dewey decimal spiral was interesting. Overall, while glad I went there, I'm happy that my own downtown library is a little more cozy/inviting than the Seattle Public Library, which feels a little austere for my liking.

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Reviewed 17 August 2012

The main library is the flagship location in downtown Seattle.Seattle has the biggest population of a major city that checks out books at a library so this location fills the bill. See the mixing area, and the other floors , absorb the architecture. Go to the cafe there, and have a espresso drink.

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Reviewed 17 August 2012

This is a breath-taking building. Even to just walk into the lobby, grasp the spaciousness, check out the floor embellished with wooden typeset in different languages, grab a coffee, and note the amount of people in this edifice and you wouldn't think you were in a library. Instead of the typical dry rows of books in stacks, you are in a place you want to explore and spend lots of time. It's free; it's gorgeous; it's awe-inspring. Get out of Pikes Market for a hike up the hill and spend a few minutes in a spectacular piece of architecture.

To learn more and understand the concept behind the building: http://www.ted.com/talks/joshua_prince_ramus_on_seattle_s_library.html

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