LEAPing through time: a history of serving patrons with disabilities and special needs at the Seattle Public Library

2016 marks the 125th anniversary of The Seattle Public Library. After it was adopted as a department of the city in 1890, the Library opened its first reading room in Pioneer Square on April 8, 1891. To honor this milestone, we will be posting a series of articles here about the Library’s history and life in the 1890s. We also encourage our patrons to share their favorite memories of SPL on social media using the hashtag #SPL125. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. 

Imagine your most recent library visit… all the treasures you found! Browsing… this book here, a CD there, a movie. And your holds have come in! A stack full of media you’ve been awaiting and you are glad the weekend is around the corner so you can devour it all.

Now imagine you can’t see… Or hear… Or can’t get to the library easily. What would your library experience be like then? Just as amazing because of the services provided by the Seattle Public Library (SPL) through the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) and other accessible services that the library has provided over the years.  Continue reading “LEAPing through time: a history of serving patrons with disabilities and special needs at the Seattle Public Library”

Libraries Where You Least Expect Them: Library Stations of the 1920s

2016 marks the 125th anniversary of The Seattle Public Library. After it was adopted as a department of the city in 1890, the Library opened its first reading room in Pioneer Square on April 8, 1891. To honor this milestone, we will be posting a series of articles here about the Library’s history and life in the 1890s. We also encourage our patrons to share their favorite memories of SPL on social media using the hashtag #SPL125. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest

Library Deposit Station No. 1, Weeds Pharmacy
Library Deposit Station No. 1, Weeds Pharmacy

Imagine being able to check out your next library book at your neighborhood pharmacy, candy store, or even your local department store. In the early 20th century, the library depended on exactly this model. They were referred to as deposit stations to reach underserved populations who weren’t able to make it to an official library. These stations were scattered across pharmacies, fire stations, schools, hospitals and other locales throughout the city and offered mini-library collections catered to each location. Continue reading “Libraries Where You Least Expect Them: Library Stations of the 1920s”