The City of Seattle is saving $650,000 by shuttering its library system this last week of August. The move is part of nearly $4 million in cuts the library system had to make this year as the city faced continued belt tightening.
The doors to the Douglass-Truth and Madrona Sally Goldmark branches will open again September 6. In the meantime, even most of the SPL website is down.
All locations of The Seattle Public Library will close Monday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Sept. 4, due to citywide budget cuts. The Library system will remain closed on Monday, Sept. 5 for the Labor Day holiday. Regular Library operations will resume Tuesday, Sept. 6.
“We regret any inconvenience that the closures may cause our patrons,” said Library Interim Chief Executive Officer Lin Schnell. All city departments have made significant cuts to address a $67 million gap in the 2011 budget. The Library is funded from the city general fund.
If you are looking for computer access, the city suggests the following locations:
Central Neighborhood Service Center
2301 S Jackson #208 Seattle WA, 98144 206‐684‐4767
Monday ‐ Friday: 9am‐7pm
Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St. Seattle WA, 98122 206‐684‐4788
Monday & Tuesday: 12:30pm‐9pm
Wednesday ‐ Friday: 11am‐9pm
Yesler Community Center
917 E Yesler Way Seattle WA, 98122 206‐386‐1245
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1pm‐9pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm