All Seattle Public libraries are now open on Sundays, the first time in a century.
The Sunday hours were made possible by voters who approved a $122 million levy last August to enhance the 1998 Libraries for All bond measure and open all branches on Sundays. Because of recent budget cuts by the City Council, 15 of 26 branches were closed two days a week, the entire system shut down for a week each fall, and the book budget was reduced by more than 13 percent.
Two branches, Northgate and Columbia, are now seven days a week. Both were closed on Fridays and Sundays.
The branches held special Sunday celebrations and patrons were issued a free Check-Out Challenge card where they could visit any Sunday Opening event and get their card stamped. Special limited edition tote bags for each of the branches are available from the FriendShop.