Your source for King County Library System (KCLS) news, information and more.

Media Inquiries

Sarah Thomas, Public Relations Specialist
(425) 369-3277

J Tarner, Community Relations & Marketing Lead
(425) 369-3272

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Press Releases and Media Coverage

Facts and Figures

Executive Director: Lisa G. Rosenblum

Founded in: 1942

Total Number of Libraries: 50

Service Area: King County (outside the city of Seattle)

Population Served: Over 1.5 million

Library Cardholders: 1.3 million


Second-Highest Digital Circulating Library in the U.S. (2021): OverDrive
KCLS patrons downloaded 7.8 million eBooks and audiobooks.

Library of the Year (2011): Gale/Library Journal
National recognition for service to community, creativity, leadership and innovation.

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With thousands of events to choose from, there’s something for everyone!


Annual Reports

Check out our annual reports to see major milestones and accomplishments. 

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Learn more about KCLS' 80-year-old history. Or take a closer look into your community's library.

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