Seattle Public Library bringing back due dates

In case you missed the announcement this past week – the Seattle Public Library is bringing back due dates. Here’s the announcement:

That stack of books and DVDs you’ve had since March? We’re ready for them to come back! Starting Nov. 1, staggered due dates will be applied to all physical materials currently checked out from The Seattle Public Library. Due dates were suspended when Library buildings were closed to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Now that Curbside Pickup and book return services are in full swing, it’s important we get books and other materials back to ensure a well-stocked collection for patrons who are ready to check out new items,” said Bo Kinney, managing librarian for the Library’s Circulation Services.

Loan periods will remain the same as they were prior to the Library’s COVID-19 closure: three weeks for most materials and two weeks for DVDs and Peak Picks titles. Patrons will be contacted individually about specific due dates and return options.


The Library is now accepting returns at 13 Library locations [in West Seattle – High Point and Southwest]. No appointment is necessary to return materials. Book drops are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until they are full.

Two weeks before a patron’s due date, a one-time email notice will be sent asking for materials to be returned and providing information about return options. We will also be sending regular due date reminders and other notices, available by email, phone, and text message. See for more detail. To pick up new holds while returning books, visit the Library’s Curbside Service page for locations, hours and appointment options.


The Library no longer charges daily late fines for overdue items, thanks to the 2019 Library Levy, and, if no one else is waiting, an item may be renewed up to three times. However, patrons are still responsible for returning items on time. If an item is kept 31 days past the due date, a patron’s Library account will be temporarily suspended and some digital media services will not be accessible until all overdue items are returned. (Normally, a patron’s account would be suspended if an item is kept 14 days past its due date, but that rule has been relaxed during this time.)

As for when SPL will reopen for in-building service – they’re still working on that.

4 Replies to "Seattle Public Library bringing back due dates"

  • Forest October 24, 2020 (5:21 pm)

    The Admiral branch library absolutely needs to open its book drop too. I have several SPL books to be returned, but I don’t live anywhere near the High Point or Southwest book drops.

    By the way, anyone who placed a hold request before the system-wide shutdown should know that SPL is about to resume processing hold requests, meaning requested items that were to be picked up at the Admiral branch will instead be sent to the High Point branch and allowed to expire if they aren’t picked up there. To prevent this, go to your online ( library account and pause all of your requests now.

  • Beanie October 24, 2020 (8:46 pm)

    I’m all on board for opening any library’s drop box, but I’d suggest that if you are anywhere in west seattle, you aren’t really that far from the High Point library. 

  • Lbalm October 24, 2020 (10:22 pm)

    We live on Alki and had used the Admiral branch, but found it only takes 10 minutes to get to the Highpoint library. Best is to download the myLibro app to schedule your pick-up if you don’t want to wait in line. 

  • Sue T. October 25, 2020 (8:39 am)

    As an Admiral resident without a car or nearby bus route, I respectfully beg to differ with the notion that getting to the High Point library is a minor inconvenience. The High Point book drop and curbside pickup service are 3 miles from the closed Admiral library. 

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