As a student, it’s rare that you will need to go beyond our own library to get the resources you need for school. However, Seattle is home to some spectacular library services that many students find useful even outside of academic needs. They also make great places to study!
- The Seattle Public Library is one of the most robust public library systems you can find. With locations in almost every neighborhood imaginable, each library branch is uniquely equipped and resourced. We recommend getting a library card as soon as possible, either by visiting your closest branch or requesting one online. You can even access e-books and kindle books.
- The Central Library in downtown Seattle is world-renowned for its architecture and is a tourist destination in and of itself! Once you arrive to Seattle (if you are moving), definitely plan on spending an entire afternoon perusing this location.
- Many students utilize the Seattle Pacific University Library for its extended hours, space, and resources. You can read/use books while you’re there, but if you want to check out a book of theirs, you must go through our Interlibrary loan system.
- Nancy Pearl is a library legend in Seattle—nationally as well, really. She is the go-to person for all things literary and worked for many years with the Seattle Public Library. She even has her own action figure!