The current Sequim Branch Library building turns 30 years old on Tuesday, May 21st! The first official library in Sequim was established on February 1, 1947. In 1950 the library checked out 13,000 books. By comparison, in 2012 customers of the Sequim Branch checked out more than 437,000 items! In 1982 construction began on the current location at 630 North Sequim Avenue. The library was dedicated on May 21st, 1983. The North Olympic Library System funded the construction project with generous contributions from the City of Sequim and the Sequim Rotary Club.
At the time of construction the building was intended to hold 8,000 books in the children’s section, 17,000 non-fiction volumes, and 14, 000 volumes of adult fiction. At the time no other items were circulated. Today over 55,000 items are currently housed at the Sequim Branch including fiction and non-fiction children’s, young adult, and adult books, DVDs, audiobooks, magazines, and music CDs. The collection also includes hundreds of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and other e-resources.
The North Olympic Library System recognizes that the Sequim Branch is undersized. The wheels have been set in motion to investigate how best to address this need. NOLS is working with architects and public policy consultants to solicit community about the future of the Sequim Library. You’ll be hearing more in the future about a community survey and town hall meetings where you can voice your opinion on how the Sequim Branch Library can better serve you. And in the meantime, if you have questions or comments about the needs assessment study or the Sequim Branch Library, please contact Library Director Paula Barnes.