i'm from portland, and i was recently visiting seattle. my friends wanted me to see this library. it is a great tourist stop. I was amazed by the architecture. We took pictures in the neon escalator, and we went to the top floor behind the elevators is a little square landing you can step out on and look down to the bottom..It's kind of freaky!
they also had a great selection of books. we stayed in the photography section for a while to read and relax.
If backed-up next to each other, the 9,906 shelves in this downtown civic institution would stretch over 30 miles.. In Short Principle architect Rem Koolhaas (Netherlands) designed this awe-inspiring structure which includes traditional reading rooms as well as an auditorium and cafe. On the top floor, high ceilings covered with geometrically shaped windows give visitors the feeling of being under a never-ending skylight--which also happens to overlook much of Elliot Bay and downtown. Staircases known as "spirals" snake upwards--if staying on track--one can walk all the way up the building's 11 floors.