Thanks to library levy, upcoming week-long closure will be the last (for now)

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Seattle Public Libraries will go dark next week for the last summer closure before funds kick in from the $122.6 million library that passed the August 7th election. The Montlake Branch will close at 6pm Saturday, August 25th and reopen Tuesday, September 4th. During the closure, materials will not be due and fines will not be collected  (stocking up on a 10-day supply of movies is perhaps the only perk of budget cutting closures) — even book drops will be locked shut. Online services will be limited: you can still search the catalogs but holds and “ask the librarian” chats won’t be available.

Here’s what the 7-year levy funding means for the Montlake Branch:

  • Open 1-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Restore basic on-site reference staff
  • Add books, electronic books, movies and music and reduce wait times, especially for popular titles
  • Expand children’s collection of books systemwide to support early literacy and early learning
  • Eliminate one-week systemwide closure
  • Upgrade technology services, including computers, software, printers, copiers, online services and infrastructure
  • Increase maintenance, including specialized cleaning and furniture care, periodic restroom updates, major maintenance