Beginning this week, meeting rooms and study rooms at The Seattle Public Library will once again be available for public reservation and use. Music practice rooms in the Central Library will reopen will be available for public use May 24. Members of the public can learn more about these spaces and book available rooms by visiting the Branch Meeting Rooms and Central Library Meeting Rooms pages on

Additionally, beginning this week, the Central Library Spiral on levels 6 through 9 will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Later in May, the library will also return to pre-pandemic policies for hold times and account suspensions for unreturned items. Hold times and account suspension timelines were extended during the library’s COVID-19 system-wide reopening to accommodate patrons who needed extra time to retrieve or return items during the pandemic.

Starting May 23, the library will return to a maximum hold time of 7 days (from 14 days) for books, CDs, DVDs and other physical items placed on hold. Scheduled library closures do not count against the 7-day hold limit.

The library will also return to suspending accounts for items that remain overdue after 14 days (from 31 days). Since temporarily extending that timeline, the library has implemented auto-renewal for most items. Materials are automatically renewed up to three times if another patron isn’t waiting for the item. Peak Picks books and items checked out through Inter-Library Loan cannot be renewed. The Seattle Public Library also offers fine-free borrowing, and suspended accounts are reactivated once items are returned.