The Central Seattle Library is located at 1000 Fourth Avenue in Seattle, and is the area where the first library was built.
This is but one of 26 libraries or branches in the Seattle area, all administered by the Seattle Public Library organization. Most of the libraries are named after the neighborhoods where the facility is located. The library has one of the few systems that allow people to check out their own materials without a librarian. The library has many study rooms and places for private study, as well as meeting rooms. There are many programs in place for all ages. There are writers groups, discussion groups, and speakers at various times on various topics. Authors also often have signings and readings at the library.
The current building for the Central Library was opened in 2004 with the latest technology. That came about as a result of a 1998 referendum Seattle passed, which at $196 million was the largest bond referendum to have been passed in the United States. The library was designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus and Rem Kookhaas in a joint venture. The building has been honored by the American Institute of Architects.
The library has more than 3 million adult books and 1.6 million children's books in circulation as well as around 3.8 million other pieces of media such as CDs or video tapes. The library has free Wifi for visitors. It also has more than one thousand computers for public use. You may also make reservations for computer use but there is a time limit. There are also many special collections of historic documents.