New year brings some changes to Seattle Public Libraries

Seattle Public Libraries are rolling out some changes with the new year, thanks to the library levy passed by voters in 2012. Among the changes will be increased Sunday hours; all 27 branches will now be open from 1 to 5 p.m. every Sunday. Nearby branches with the new Sunday hours are in Fremont, Green Lake, Wallingford, Magnolia, and Queen Anne. All 15 branches with new Sunday hours will have “Sunday Celebrations” between now and May; click here for a list of the festivities.

In addition to opening on Sundays, the libraries are now allowing up to 50 holds to reserve books and materials, twice as many as was allowed before. They’re even offering shiny new library cards featuring Seattle landmarks.

The 7-year, $122 million levy also ends the week-long shutdown the library has used since 2009 to save money. Learn more about the levy here.

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