Tour of Seattle Public's Central Library
This 11-floor, 362,987-square-foot library, a dazzling avant-garde symphony of glass and form, has many innovative features, including:

A "Books Spiral" that displays the entire nonfiction collection in a continuous run;
A towering "living room" along Fifth Avenue that reaches 50 feet in height;
A distinctive diamond-shaped exterior skin of glass and steel.


The new Central Library's unorthodox shape, unlike any other building in Seattle, is the result of its use of five platform areas to reflect different aspects of the library's program; its form indeed follows its function. It includes a 275-seat auditorium and was remade on a scale unmatched by any other public library system in the country in order to meet the changed demands of the 21st century. "Libraries for All" cemented The Seattle Public Library's reputation as a national treasure, shared and appreciated by all.

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