2220 NW Market St., L-05
Ballard, WA 98107
(206) 329-1794

The Seattle Metaphysical Library

The Seattle Metaphysical Library, which used to be the AS-YOU-LIKE-IT Library is closed.
We are moving today, Monday March 6. If you can help, even for an hour, that would help.
Show up at the Library, 2221 NW Market Street.

Last updated March 6. You can call (206) 329-1794 if you have questions.
If you haven't heard, the reason we are not renewing our lease is that the new lease rate is significantly higher than our current rate, and the conditions in the building continue to deteriorate. Our move-out date has slipped, because of the broken elevator last weekend.
Meanwhile, the books are in storage, and your membership is in abeyance - you will get all the months still on your membership, plus an extra three months, as we will probably not be fully up and functional right away.
We will reopen when we find an affordable space.
We have not been able to find another location, so we will be putting the books into storage. We did this when we moved from Capitol Hill to Ballard. It took us about five months before we found a suitable location.
Your membership will be on hold during this time.
However many months you have now, will stay until we are open again, and we will add another three months.
So if your membership expires in two months, you will have five months' membership privileges when we open.
We plan on spending this time not only looking for a new location, but also brainstorming ways to add more value to the memberships.
There will be more discussion in the newsletter. Click on that link to subscribe (it's free)

The Seattle Metaphysical Library (legally known as the AS-YOU-LIKE-IT Library) was established in Seattle in 1961. We have grown over the past six decades to hold over 16,000 books plus many hundreds of audio and video tapes, CDs, DVDs, magazines and newspaper clippings on a variety of esoteric and controversial topics - material designed to help remove the Veil of Maya - the veil of illusion - from our eyes and help us grow into the fully-realized humans that is our natural birthright.

We are an all-volunteer, independent resource center providing esoteric and alternative material and events to support personal growth to enhance our understanding of ourselves, the universe and our place in it.

We are open to the respectful public. There is no charge for browsing the materials or reading at our location. Operating expenses are paid for by our subscribers, who are able to borrow material and by the Raynier Foundation. Find out more about becoming a supporter here.

We also host a variety of ongoing events and groups - see a listing on the right, and details on our Events page.


We are here every day. Call ahead for hours. We try to accommodate volunteer and shoppers' hours

Until the end of our lease, February 28, we will be at the Library more often. We're not going to change the normal hours, but there will be many times that we will be there organizing and getting ready for the move. So if you are on Market, look for our sign in the sidewalk to know you can come in a visit us.
The Market Street entrance is open again
The building is still under construction, but the back door, on NW 56th street is broken, so we have to use the Market Street entrance, even though it is still cluttered with construction debris, and the hand rail is not attached properly. We will move the sandwich board sign to Market Street, to signal when we are open.

Please feel free to send an email to if you would like to post something on the website, or send out a message in the newsletter.

One of the benefits of our Library is an opportunity to interact with other people who share your interests. One way of allowing that exchange to continue is to reactivate the blog, and post contributions in the newsletter.

Supporters Meeting We will continue to have our Supporters meetings once a month, as a Zoom meeting. If you are interested in being part of the support team that keeps the Library running, and would like to participate in the Zoom meeting, email for the Zoom invitation.

Click Here to see Book Reviews

Call for Volunteers

We are always interested in reliable volunteers who care about the Library. Meet other people with the same esoteric interests that you have.  The Library has over 16,000 books, and they need to stay organized by category - volunteering is a great way to see what the Library has to offer. We also need help with publicity, fundraising, helping members and visitors, leading discussion groups and events. E-mail us or stop by if interested.

Click Here to see some of the books we have for sale.

Library Contents

Mind-Body Healing, Rife Technologies, Goddess Studies, Ancient Egypt, Alternative Health, Ayervedic Medicine, Christianity, Buddhism, Art, Chinese Philosophy, UFOs, Gender Studies, Parapsychology, Dead Sea Scrolls, New Physics, Rudolf Steiner, Alchemy, Astronomy, Shamanism, Sufism, Qabbala, Herbalism, Ancient Near East, Atlantis, Pre-Columbian America, Theosophy, Magik, Tarot, Near Death research, Tibetan Buddhism, History, Politics and Conspiracies, Secret Societies, Occult Fiction, Science Fiction, Tesla Technologies, Edgar Cayce, Comparative Religion, Yoga, Consciousness Studies, and much more!

For a detailed list of topics please see our Booklist page.


Please note that we have a temporary change in the entrance. while it is undergoing construction.
See details at the top of this page

Some people have difficulty finding our location, or a place to park. With good reason!

Click here for a map to our Library:

Click here for a map of parking near the Library, bus map, and street views of the front and back doors

We are located in the basement of the Kress Building, in Ballard. The sign on the building is very small, on a list by the glass door next to the Pie Bar. We have a sign on the glass door with our open hours.
When we are open, there should be a sandwich board sign on the street with our name and logo.

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