What's better than just a library? A library AND museum, of course. In January, 2013, the community celebrated the grand opening of a combined facility for the museum and library. The idea behind the merge was to refocus and strengthen both Seward's museum and library resources and facility. Not only does the new building have more shelves for books and room for exhibits, the exterior is beautiful as well. The siding changes colors with the light and the south side of the building sports a mural depicting a colorful rendition of a family by a campfire.
The local history museum, operated in partnership with the Resurrection Bay Historical Society, is situated on the first floor. It houses the highlights of Seward’s history, presented in photographs, artifacts and documents. It takes visitors on a historic journey from the first Native inhabitants to the 1964 earthquake and tsunami, up to modern times.
The library, located on the second floor, offers computer with internet access, youth programs, and preschool story time for no cost. Audio books, CDs, DVDs, music and books can be checked out with a library card. Other services include the check-out of AV equipment, black and white copying for $0.25 a print, a fax machine for both incoming and outgoing faxes, the service of a Notary Public and a passport agency.
The new building also features a community room on the first floor and a small conference room on the second.