As a reader you may have already heard of or visited the humongous Seattle Central Public Library. I visit here all the time, considering it is one of my favorite libraries on earth, and it is also known to be one of the world’s best libraries! Today I thought it would be fun to do a ‘Yay or Nay’ kind of post, where I discuss my opinion on whether or not this library is worth your time! (In my opinion!)
It is always good to review the facts of places before starting. I am going to list how many floors it has, when it was built, etc.
Floors: There are 11 floors, all are very spacious and consume a lot of books – 8 of the floors are full with books to check out, and the top two (9&10) are reading and computer areas.
Year Built: 2002
Architects: Rem Koolhaas & Joshua Prince – Ramus
Location: 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
One of the many things that make this library is it’s unique, modern architecture. The library walls are made up of diamond shaped windows. This is one of the many things I love about the library.
Another reason I really like this library is their reading floor. It is a great place for you to see a great view of the whole library and all of it’s floors. It is also a great place to start a book that you might be interested in. Since most of the walls in the library are diamond shaped, you also have a nice view of the Seattle city blocks.
Something that enhances the experience of the library is the Chocolati Cafe. The cafe has many options of items to order, the have coffee, hot chocolate, snacks, sweets (brownies, cookies etc.), and much more! They also have a chocolate bar where they serve miniature chocolates.
Although I mostly read Young Adult books now, I do really like the fact that the library offers a very large children’s area. My brother Jack is 9, so whenever we go here I like that he has a place to look at books geared for his age group! The area offers lots of fun sitting areas to help make kids comfortable while reading. They always have fun things to vote on, like which stuffed animal is your favorite!
Next to the Chocolati Cafe there is a small gift shop perfect for souvenirs and cards. If you are ever visiting Seattle this is a great place to pick up a Seattle Central Public Library souvenirs!
Along with everything else, another fun thing that the library provides is lots and lots of computers. Some for gaming, some for working, some for looking for books, and some for just web browsing! I like this option because a lot of times when I visit here I feel inspired to blog, so I have a computer to do it on!
Whether it is comfortable reading chairs, couches, cafe tables, this library has it all. They have lots of fun and comfortable reading chairs to enhance the experience for visitors. They have lots of seating for the cafe and also fun lounge chairs for people working. There is an area for people working or researching, too.
As this is a big library, you may be wondering how people transport themselves from floor to floor. Lucky for visitors, they are multiple escalators that go from floor to floor, and also some really cool, modern elevators that have windows so you can catch a glimpse of the city views.
The library has areas for mostly every genre, age group, type of book and more. In a lot of the areas there are areas for board games and checkers type stuff for any age group to enjoy!
Something else that I love about this library is all the browsing opportunities. Although I do like my ‘local’ library, the section of books that I take interest is really small there, and most of the books that are in that section I have either already read, or heard about but don’t take interest in. So this is why I like to come to to the Seattle Library, it has a large selection of about any book genre or topic you could think of. This way I can find new books I have haven’t heard about. Below are some examples of books I found at the library and now am starting to read.
I came across this book while browsing the New Adult section, it caught my eye because I recognized the name ‘Althea’ from the Grateful Dead song called ‘Althea’. This song happens to be one of my dad’s favorites, so I then read the back and a few pages and it seemed really good! I am now starting to read it and it is so far pretty good!
Lately I have been taking advice from my dad, and looking for blog post ideas in the most random of places. So when I came across this book I thought of a future blog post idea, a space themed book recommendations! So I read the back and seemed to be interested in it! I then added the idea to the list of ideas in my notebook.
As some of you know, I did a ‘Books To Read if You Love Harry Potter’ post a couple months ago. I saw this and read the back, and it reminded me of Harry Potter books. After that I read some of the reviews and saw that others had said the same thing! I then decided it would be fun to read this series and add it to my other post!
P.S: If you have not yet read that post, you totally should! Click the link here.
The moment that you have all been waiting for, the ‘Red Hall’. As you may know one of the things that the library is most famous for is it’s secret room(s), the ‘Red Hall’. If you look on the maps and directories you won’t find this hall posted. It is a red downstairs area located on the floor below the ‘First Floor”. It is a place that attracts a lot of tourists eager to see the infamous ‘secret room’. There is a lot of meeting areas and conference rooms down there, but there is also a diner and a coffee shop along with some seating area. I think that it is definitely a spot worth checking out! To see more pictures of the Red Hall take a look at the gallery at the end of this post.
I hope this post helped inform you more about the awesome Seattle Central Public Library located in Seattle, WA. In my opinion it is definitely a ‘Yay’, or a place worth visiting. If you are ever in Seattle visiting the library feel free to comment or send pictures, I would love to see them! Thanks for reading, I hope you have a great rest of your day! Happy reading friends!
P.S: If you would like to check out their library website, click the link here.