Library cards open entire worlds of imagination – and I’m not just talking about books! If you have a Seattle Library card, you can get FREE admission to some of our area’s greatest attractions!
The Seattle Library literally open doors through free admission partnerships with local museums including the EMP, Seattle Aquarium and so much more. With your Seattle Library card, you can get free admission to some amazing museums, free Internet hotspots you can check-out and take home and more!
The library card is free. The admission is free. The movies are free. Everything’s FREE! What’s not to love?!
Not in Seattle? You can still get a library card!
Washington libraries have excellent reciprocal programs. If you have a library card from Everett, Kitsap, King County, Pierce County, Puyallup, Sno-Isle or Timberland libraries, then you may be eligible to get a Seattle Library card through the reciprocal programs! Just bring your library card into the Seattle Library for more information.
Of course, other libraries have perks, too. If you’re looking for a different library, then you can find the info you’re looking for here!
Seattle Public Library Card = FREE Admission to the EMP, Seattle Aquarium and more!
With your Seattle Public Library card, you can get free admission to some of Seattle’s coolest places! You won’t want to miss out on these great perks.
Just reserve a Museum Pass and go! You can rserve one pass to the same museum once every 30 days. New passes are made available every night at 9pm!
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
The Burke Museum features the only real dinosaur fossils on display in Washington State. Use the library’s online system to reserve a pass that admits two people during any regular hours for free. It is located at 4331 Memorial Way NE in Seattle (on the UW campus).
The Center for Wooden Boats
You can rent a boat from The Center for Wooden Boats! Use your library card to reserve a pass that allows the library cardholder and three guests to enjoy a free one hour rowboat rental when the rentals are available.
Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum
Up to two people can visit the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum for free! The museum showcases technological innovations with operable, restored artifacts.
If you don’t fall into one of the categories that always gets free admission to Henry Art, then you’ll want to know about this! Henry Art is always free to students, children and UW students, faculty and staff. The library pass grants free admission for two adults and all children under age 18. The gallery is located on the UW campus at 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St in Seattle.
Living Computer Museum + Labs
My kids are crazy about this place! The Living Computer Museum offers free admission for up to two people through the library system. The museum is at 2245 1st Ave S in Seattle.
Up to four people can visit the Loghouse Museum free! The museum celebrates the history of the Duwamish Peninusla in an authentically restored 1904 log building.
MoPop (aka EMP, aka “that awesome building in Seattle Center”)
Formerly known as the EMP Museum, MoPop is one of the most popular attractions in Seattle. The printed library pass grants free admission for two adults and two children between the ages of 5 and 17 (children 4 and under are always free). Photo ID must be provided and must match the library cardholder’s name.
Museum of Flight
The Museum of Flight is free for two adults and two children (between the ages of 5 and 17) through the library system. We’ve found other cool programs that give free admission to the Museum of Flight, also!
The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) up to two people can receive free admission during any regular business hours with the library pass. The museum is located at 860 Terry Avenue N in Seattle.
Nordic Heritage Museum
The Nordic Heritage Museum offers free admission for up to two people during any regular business hours with the reserved library pass. The museum is located at 3014 NW 67th Street in Seattle.
Northwest African American Museum
NAAM, or Northwest African American Museum, admits up to four people for free with the library pass. The museum is located at 2300 S Massachusetts Street in Seattle.
Seattle Art Museum
SAM, or Seattle Art Museum, provide free admission for up to two people courtesy of the library pass program. However, the passes will not grant admission to any special exhibitions. The museum is located at 1300 First Avenue in Seattle.
We love the Seattle Aquarium! The aquarium is free to Seattle Library card holders who use the online pass reservation system to book a pass for free admission for two adults and two children between the ages of 4 and 17 (3 and under are always free).
Wing Luke Museum
The Wing Luke Museum is free to Seattle Library card holders who use the online pass reservation system to book a pass for free admission. The pass provides free entry for two people and includes all day access to galleries and exhibitions, including a 45 minute guided tour of the 1910 Historic Hotel and Yick Fung Company.
Woodland Park Zoo
The Woodland Park Zoo is one of the best zoos I’ve ever been to! It’s one of our favorite destinations in Seattle. With your library system reservation, up to four people can visit for free! Zoolights and other special events are not included.
Download free movies, audiobooks, e-books and more!
The Seattle Library offers access to many different types of software. Some can be checked out for home use, while others can be used directly from the Internet!
Download 5 free songs every week! Use your Seattle Library card to login to Freegal. You can keep your downloads forever. They never expire! You can also access music on bothHoopla and Playback Music Collection.
No Internet at home? No problem!
You can check out the Internet at Seattle Library! No joke! You can check out a SPL HotSpot from the library and connect up to 15 Wi-Fi-enabled devices to this FREE Internet source! You can keep it for 21 days, although it can be renewed. Not long enough? Check out our guide on how to get FREE Internet service of your own!
Learn new skills with exclusive online library resources!
Use your library credentials to log in to these great online services.
Learn computer and software skills from Lynda.com. More than 1,900 online courses are available, covering topics from animation to programming and more!
Learn basic to advanced computer skills at Microsoft Imagine Academy. This service will teach you how to master basic computer literacy, make the most of Microsoft’s extensive applications and even study more complex computer skills like Visual Study, SQL Servers and more. You can even get certified at the Seattle Library!
Take practice tests for careers such as nursing, firefighting, law enforcement, military, real estate, teaching, civil service and more at Learning Express.
Browse exclusive databases with your library card credentials. You can see the Seattle Library’s extensive list of subscription databases by clicking here.
Visit the library to learn even more!
Aspiring writers will love Seattle Writes, a program that seeks to support local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins and dedicated writing spaces. It’s entirely free and no registration is required!
Learn about 3D printing with the 3D Printing Basics series! This class will introduce you to the basics of 3D printing. Participants will receive a $25 coupon toward the cost of printing their creation at Intentional3D.
Boost your business with help from the library! New entreprenerous, experienced business owners and managers can receive help with referrals, business skills, market and demographic information and more.
Digital creativity classes will teach you how to use 3D printing, Adobe Creative Cloud, digital photography and so much more!
Genealogy classes are also available to anyone interested in discovering their family history. The library can teach you how to search the catalog, use online databases and more.
Basic computer classes teach library patrons basic computer skills, how to use the Internet, email and so much more.
Learn English at the library with FREE ESL classes! Specific classes geared to Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian speakers are also available at many locations. In addition to basic language classes, the library also offers Citizenship classes and conversational English talk times.
Special Programs for Kids & Teens
Get a FREE kid-size tote bag when your little one (ages 0-6) get their first library card!
Free family-friendly movies, such as Moana, are shown at the library for free. Snacks may be provided! Check the calendar to see what’s showing near you!
There are so many special programs at the library! Visit the library during school breaks for special programming. During Spring Break 2017, the library offers a salsa-making class, a Moana matinee, a STEM program and so much more.
Need homework help? Visit the library during scheduled Homework Help hours or chat online 24/7 to get help with your questions. Volunteers can assist with all subjects through 8th grade and there are special volunteers at each branch who specialize in both high school math and English.
Find a learning buddy at the library! During certain hours, young learners can be partnered with a high school mentor to help them improve their math and reading skills through games and other fun activities.
Teens can volunteer and earn credit for school! The Teen Service Learning program also provides job skills and encourages young people to help their community.
The library offers a safe place to youth between the ages of 12 and 17. You can approach any Safe Place site (including all 27 Seattle Public Library locations) or call (800) 442-TEEN for help. A coordinator will respond 24/7 and provide resources, including shelter and family reunion coordination.
Get help at the Seattle Library.
Find housing resources and referrals at the Resource Kiosk at the Central Library. The Seattle Library’s CRS, Hallie Cranos, connects library visitors to many different kinds of services, including housing, behavioral health, mental health, vocational training, food assistance, legal support, domestic violence support, medical care and more. She is available on Tuesdays between 11 am to 2 pm at the Ballard Branch. She is also available at the Central Library during the following hours:
- Tuesdays – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Wednesdays – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Thursdays – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Fridays – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
File your taxes for free at 12 Seattle Library locations! This program is offered on a drop-in basis. Click here to find out what documents you need to bring.
Disabled patrons can receive special accommodations.
Accessibility Toolkits are available at all library locations. These kits include large, high-contrast PC keyboards, low vision note-writing frames, low vision signature guides, low vision writing tablets, thick markers, Reizen Dome magnifiers, bar magnifiers and more.
Homebound patrons can receive Mobile Library Services. If you live in Seattle and can’t visit the library due to age, disability or illness (that lasts at least 6 months), then you can have materials delivered to you by Mobile Services. Call (206) 386-4636 for more information.