The crop of library buildings which were built with recent bond issue funds universally share some of the biggest problems I’ve seen in public architecture in my life. Give me this sort of old-fashioned, clean and human design. BTW, these older libraries aren’t just beautiful, they are historic. After the (then-separate)town of Ballard managed to convince Andrew Carnegie that our area would not blow away in the wind some day, the door was opened for several humans-first designed library buildings. I’m so glad this and others have been restored, instead of being demolished. With that said, computer problems exist as at all Seattle Public Libraries, starting with the version of flash player which they have loaded. I have found some websites won’t reload, while others cause all my internet windows to close without warning. Some email sites, including Yahoo, won’t load properly, either, so you can’t delete messages or move them to other folders. These same sites all work fine on computers at the King County Library computers, so this is just a case of bad IT on the part of the Seattle system. If you can get to the KCLS, do. BTW, yes, I am a Seattle resident, so my tax dollars are supporting this system.
You should absolutely go here. It's not for everyone - their marketing is abysmal. They have no sense of how to promote the "sizzle". It's very hard to find, down a warren of corridors, in the basement, and the only sign is a sign out on the sidewalk when they are open. It is to the immediate west of Great Harvest Bread Company, and also next to Bop Street Records - a glass door. They have a F A N T A S T I C collection of the kinds of books you like - secret societies, energy work, chakra and breath work, government coverups, first-person UFO abduction stories, scholarly work on ancient archeological sites that show that human society is tens of thousands of years old, new research on mind-meld technlogies, NLP, Rudolf Steiner, etc. More than anyone can possibly handle in one lifetime. They are only open afternoons, but I think there are some evening programs too. You'll love it. You have to pay $35 and join if you want to take out books, but anyone can sit and read.
Simply the best. Highly recommended
Well balanced and nice staff.