People have only two more days to load up on books, DVDs, music and other materials before all branches of the Seattle Public Library shut down for budget cuts Monday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 6.
The Library also will be closed Monday, Sept. 7 for Labor Day. Regular operations will resume Tuesday, Sept. 8.
No materials will be due and no fines will be accrued.
No book drops will be open. Customers should keep books and materials at home until the Library system reopens. No fines will be charged during the closure week. Customers will be responsible for theft, loss or damage to Library materials left outside buildings.
No access to the online catalog. You will not be able to search the catalog or databases, place holds on materials, or check your Library record.
No access to the Web site (www.spl.org). No staff members will be working to maintain and troubleshoot problems. This means online computer sign-ups, the online reference service and other features will not be available.
No Library computers will be available. You will not be able to reserve a computer for the week the Library system is closed. There will be no access to Wi-Fi, and no Mobile Services.
No programs or events will be held in Library meeting rooms; no Telecirc, the Library's automated telephone service; no Quick Information telephone service.
No mail will be received during the closure. The Library will have the U.S. Post Office hold all mail until the Library reopens. There will not be staff available to accept deliveries.
No book club books will be sent, received or returned during the one-week closure. Book club books will be sent to libraries as usual on the last Wednesday of the month, Aug. 26. Books not available then will be sent as soon as possible after Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. Contact your library, or the Washington Center for the Book at [email protected] or 206-615-1747 if you are part of a book group and have questions.
No book donations will be collected at Library facilities during the closure. If you have book donations to make during the one-week closure, please contact the Friends Book Sale office at 206-523-4053 or e-mail [email protected]
The underground, independently operated parking garage at the Central Library will remain open, as well Neighborhood Services Centers co-located with branch libraries with separate entrances. Service Centers located within branches will continue to provide assistance by appointment only.