REOPENING: West Seattle (Admiral) Library sets the date – plus, other systemwide changes

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The last Seattle Public Library branch in our area to reopen for in-building services will do so next Tuesday – the West Seattle (Admiral) Library at 2326 42nd SW will reopen July 6th. SPL is announcing some systemwide changes too. From the announcement:

In light of Washington state’s move to full reopening on June 30, the Library is making other changes: All reopened locations will be open at 100% capacity, will not require physical distancing, and will reintroduce additional computer stations and seating. However, for now, mask requirements remain in place for all City of Seattle buildings, including libraries. …

Thanks to $1.1 million in funding from the City’s Seattle Rescue Plan, the Library anticipates returning to pre-pandemic staffing levels to support the reopening of all locations and the expansion of open hours. With this funding, the Library can work toward full reopening throughout the summer to support Seattle’s children returning to in-person school this fall.

The announcement also notes: “Meeting rooms, study rooms, and in-person programs are not yet available at reopened Library locations.” Hours/days/services for all locations can be found here.

9 Replies to "REOPENING: West Seattle (Admiral) Library sets the date - plus, other systemwide changes"

  • Jan July 1, 2021 (1:56 pm)


  • Fan o' WS July 1, 2021 (2:09 pm)

    Yay! Celebrate book times come on!

  • Jennifer July 1, 2021 (2:39 pm)

    Can’t wait to browse the shelves again!! Online is great but sometimes you just want to pick up a book or DVD to decide if you want it or not. So thankful for our libraries!! 

  • Worried in WS July 1, 2021 (6:49 pm)

    Are they going to clean surfaces etc? This post does not mention that, only mask requirement, and we have the delta variant threatening us now. I am worried that with the city reopening, we will face another wave and lockdown again. 

  • Library Fan July 1, 2021 (8:21 pm)

    While I’m thrilled for the reopening, 2 days a week is really disappointing.

  • Seashells July 6, 2021 (11:28 am)

    This opening took way way too long ! Not as happy with our library system as I have been for 30 years. Very disappointed.

    • alki_2008 July 7, 2021 (1:28 am)

      The library re-opened when the state re-opened. What’s your beef with SPL?

  • Mr Bradley July 7, 2021 (3:16 pm)

    I am really glad the libraries are re-opening in West Seattle and the rest of the city. Their services during the pandemic have been EXCELLENT! Where else could you reserve books and movies, and pick them up free of charge in the middle of the pandemic? Our library system won the 2020 library of the year award as well: 
    No complaints from this long-time library user and kudos for the entire team at SPL who did a thankless job keeping our access to the library open during covid times.

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