Seattle Public Schools

Library Services

Professional Library

SPS Professional Library

The Professional Library provides access to curriculum and professional development materials for district educators.

Online Catalog

Search for library materials in our online catalog.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is in the Professional Library collection?

  • Instructional materials officially adopted by Seattle Public Schools
  • Other supplemental instructional materials
  • Books on educational philosophy, methodology, and research
  • Books in the Professional Library are available for all district staff to check out
  • We’re happy to accept donations of books that are:
    • For professional development of K-12 educators
    • Less than 10 years old
    • Up to 5 copies of each title
    • All books we accept will be barcoded and cataloged in our online catalog, Destiny Library Manager

Who can check materials out of the Professional Library?

You must be on the District payroll to be on the patron list. If a teacher wants a non-District person, a teaching intern for example, to be able to check out materials, that District teacher must give written notice to the librarian that that particular person may check out materials in his/her name for a specified length of time. That teacher will be responsible for the return of those checkouts. Email is sufficient for giving this permission.

Where is the Professional Library?

We are located at the north end of the 3rd floor of the Stanford Center

If I don’t have a certain teacher’s edition, can I check one out for the semester or year?

The library is a resource shared by all staff members in the district, so library patrons can check library materials out for a month. The Professional Library has only three copies of most of the adopted teacher editions, and these must serve everyone’s short term needs for all the years of that adoption.

How do I return library books?

Our mailstop is: Professional Library / JSCEE / Mailstop 33-635. Please pack materials carefully and do not send oversize books through interoffice mail. If you are in the JSCEE you may return books to cubicle #3421 or #3422