In response to ongoing staffing shortages related to COVID-19, The Seattle Public Library has temporarily reduced open hours through the summer at several locations, beginning Tuesday. Library administrators are tentatively planning to restore these hours in the fall when schools are back in session. A complete list of updated hours by location is below.

Of SPL’s 27 locations, the majority of libraries will continue to offer seven-day-a-week service, including the Central Library and 14 neighborhood branches. Most other branches will provide five or six days of service per week and offer at least one weekend day of service.

Book returns will remain open on days that libraries are scheduled to be closed. Holds are extended during planned closure days and are held for patrons for seven open days.

The new, temporary schedule was created based on staffing availability and geographic spread to ensure library access throughout Seattle. While SPL continues to hire additional staff to support open hours, low staffing levels are primarily due to increased use of employee leave, including sick leave, COVID-19 leave and Family Medical Leave.


Library open hours starting this week

Library locations are now operating according to the schedules listed below. This new schedule will be posted at the Library’s Hours and Locations page, Visit and bookmark to find daily, up-to-date information about unexpected schedule changes. For patrons seeking refuge from summer heat, 19 of the Library’s 27 locations have air conditioning; see the list of air-conditioned locations at They are marked with an asterisk (*) below. .

*Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday

Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

*Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave.

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Fremont Branch, 731 N. 35th St.

1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Closed Friday

*Magnolia Branch, 2801 34th Ave. W.

1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday

Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Closed Friday and Saturday

Queen Anne Branch, 400 W. Garfield St.

1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday

Closed Friday and Sunday

Thursday hours added to Central Library Book Spiral and Reading Room

Beginning Thursday, the Central Library’s nonfiction Book Spiral, on Levels 6-9, as well as the Level 10 Betty Jane Narver Reading Room, will add an additional day of service on Thursdays. Levels 6 through 10 of the Central Library will now be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays during Central Library open hours. This includes the two music practice rooms on Central Library’s Level 8.



Check for a complete list of hours and services at each branch. For up-to-date information on unexpected closures and schedule changes, the Library will update

Contact the Library’s Ask Us service by phone at 206-386-4636 or by email or chat at