Seattle Public Library-Central Library
1000 4th Avenue
Seattle, King County, Washington
The Seattle Central Library is the flagship library of the Seattle Public Library system. The 11-story (185 feet or 56.9 meters high) glass and steel building in downtown Seattle, Washington was opened to the public on May 23, 2004.
The 362,987 square feet (33,722.6 m2) public library has the capacity to hold about one and a half million books and other materials. The library has a unique, striking appearance, consisting of several discrete "floating platforms" seemingly wrapped in a large steel net around glass skin.
It offers underground public parking for 143 vehicles and over 400 computers accessible to the public. Over two million people visited the library during its first year.
It is the third Seattle Central Library building to be located on the same site at 1000 Fourth Avenue, the block bounded by Fourth and Fifth Avenues and Madison and Spring Streets.
In the library's first year, 2.3 million people came to visit the library; roughly 30% were from outside Seattle.
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