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1000 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104, United States | (206) 386-4636
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Free, Popular with locals, Family-friendly
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Downtown
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Famed architect Rem Koolhaas designed Seattle's spectacular flagship library with bent glass panels that make it resemble a slightly off-kilter Rubic's Cube. The building holds more than one million books, but also has room for more than 400 computers, a coffee cart, and an auditorium for events, where big sports games are sometimes screened. Head up to the tenth floor for the best view of the city, and ask at any circulation desk for the number for the free cell-phone tour, which details the public art and spaces of the library.

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Central Library

Famed architect Rem Koolhaas designed Seattle's spectacular flagship library with bent glass panels that make it resemble a slightly off-kilter Rubic's Cube. The building holds more than one million books, but also has room for more than 400 computers, a coffee cart, and an auditorium for events, where big sports games are sometimes screened. Head up to the tenth floor for the best view of the city, and ask at any circulation desk for the number for the free cell-phone tour, which details the public art and spaces of the library.