The Spokane Public Library is one of the top public library systems in the Pacific Northwest. Living in Spokane gives you access to a tremendous variety of library resources at a number of large and well-attended locations. Books, e-books, videos, lectures, and various educational events are available.
No matter what you want from your local library, the Spokane area has it!
There are currently five active branches within the network of Spokane public libraries. In addition, two existing branches are getting renovations. These two branches are expected to open for service again in early 2023. Then there'll be even more options! Our real estate agents certainly look forward to it.
Let's take a quick peek at local Spokane library branches and their programming:
- Shadle Public Library – 2221 West Wellesley Avenue, Spokane, WA 99205
Open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on most days, Shadle Park Public Library is one of several local libraries that has just completed an exciting round of renovations. With its new meeting spaces, a children's play area, and a demonstration kitchen, it has become known as a terrific place to go to learn basic cooking skills from local chefs. There is also a "Maker Studio" where you can discover 3D printing and much more.
- Liberty Park Library – 402 South Pittsburg Street, Spokane, WA 99202
Liberty Park Library is home to a beautifully curated art collection as well as free meeting spaces, a play space, and designated quiet areas for study. It is known for a wide range of teen-focused events held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, including things like Anime Club, Dungeons & Dragons, and a Virtual Reality demonstration. Weekday mornings are the time for Preschool and Toddler Storytimes.
- Hillyard Public Library – 4110 North Cook Street, Spokane, WA 99207
Hillyard Public Library is located directly on the campus grounds of Shaw Middle School, but there is a separate entrance member of the public are welcome to use. It is one of a growing number of great Spokane libraries equipped with 3D printers. Hillyard Public Library hosts events for kids, teens, and adults, with visits by experts from the Alzheimer's Association and other authorities on healthy living.
- The Hive – 2904 East Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202
The Hive is all about arts education. Central to its unusual mission is its especially large public event space, which spans four different rooms – three of which can be combined to seat nearly 100 guests. Signature programming includes Open Studio Wednesdays, which take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00. Participants in the Spokane Artists in Residence program give talks and demonstrations at this time.
- Central Library – 906 West Main Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201
Central Library is right in the heart of downtown Spokane and has a truly breathtaking view of both the Spokane River and the iconic Monroe Street Bridge. One of its most beloved amenities is the sprawling River Rumpus Children's Playspace, a hub for events focused on the unique needs of young children. A business lab is also present and welcomes talks from local executives as an entrepreneurship incubator.
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