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A Foundation grant will help The Seattle Public Library perform 2020 Census outreach and assistance. The Census will be available online for the first time; patrons will be able to complete it at any Library branch.

The Seattle Public Library wants to ensure every person in Seattle is counted for the 2020 Census and is partnering with community organizations to achieve this goal.

Library staff will offer a variety of census assistance to the public during the coming months. The outreach is part of an effort to guarantee the most accurate representation possible in drawing legislative and congressional maps, allocating tax dollars and federal grants, and informing emergency response. The Census, conducted every 10 years, is a Constitutionally mandated survey.

Every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census April 1, and this year, residents will have an option to complete the survey online.

Here are some of the ways the Library will deliver Census outreach to the public:

  • Staff at each branch will be prepared to answer questions about the 2020 Census. They can provide basic information, including how to access tools and resources designed to help patrons complete the Census.

  • Between March 12 and April 18, United Way King County tax help sites at the Central, Douglass-Truth, and University Branches will offer Census aid to all tax help users during their open hours. Find those sessions here.

  • The Library will offer Census assistance sessions with the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods and the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. At least three sessions are scheduled on Census Day, April 1, taking place from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Lake City, Rainier Beach, and Ballard Branches. Additional sessions will be announced in the coming weeks.

  • Every Library branch will have computers available for people to fill out their Census form starting March 12. No library card needed!

The Library is also offering meeting rooms for Census staff training as they prepare Census workers to canvass the community.

This work is supported by a $30,000 donor-funded grant by The Seattle Public Library Foundation. If you’re interested in supporting these efforts, make a contribution today.

Learn more about the Library’s Census efforts.