Library Expansion Information

The Need

the need for a library expansion

In 1991, we raised money to build the current, beautiful building. This much-loved library serves more than 2500 Islanders of all ages each week. But our library has outgrown its space. We need more room for people, books, and technology.

Since 1995:

  • The number of library cards has increased 86%, to nearly 6000.
  • Our library collection has increased 45%, to nearly 45,000 items, and our annual checkouts have increased by about 50%.
  • The on-site programs and classes patrons enjoy number more than 250 annually, attended by more than 4300.
  • Our library is open 30% more hours than in 1995. And our annual visits have increased by 80% in the last ten years alone!
  • In response to requests for access to computers, the library has added eleven computers, but the computers have created congestion in the center aisle.
  • Did you know that 80% of Americans connect to the internet, over half of them daily? Limited people and technology space means that those who want internet (wifi) connection must use the parking lot, outside benches, lobby, meeting room, and quiet reading area to connect to the wifi.
  • Our quiet reading area is not very quiet, and it is much too small!
  • Our Young Adult section is only 126 square feet, inadequate to meet the needs our young adult patrons.
  • Patrons have difficulty finding spaces for studying, tutoring, and working in small groups.

Patrons consistently ask for more materials, but there is no room. For every book that comes in, one must go out. Ouch!

the planned response: Create more room for learning and fun!

Through surveys and focus groups, users have asked for technologically sophisticated, energy-efficient spaces that harmonize with the existing facility, meet current and future needs, and minimally disrupt library services during construction.

The expansion will:

  • create more room for people, books, and technology
  • increase space for the Young Adult section
  • increase space for laptop and public computers users
  • relocate computers from the center aisle
  • add more worktables
  • create quiet reading areas
  • create up to four small-group study and meeting rooms
  • improve shelving
  • provide an additional family-friendly restroom
  • increase space for magazines and newspapers
  • create an additional office and storage space
  • create more communal spaces, including where Orcas Island community organizations can meet with the public
HKP Case Study

HKP Architects Case Study - Orcas Island Library Addition

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Construction Updates

6.19.2017  –  6.30.2017

Orcas Island Public Library Completion and MOVE IN Update

The Library will close at 1:00pm Monday, June 19 and remain closed until 10:00am Friday, June 23, to facilitate the move into the new addition.

Construction Activities

Framing and Finishes:

The new book stack shelving installation is ongoing and almost complete.

The demising wall in between the New Addition and Existing Building is removed!

Door hardware is being installed. Glass (remaining three relites) for the interior windows will be complete this week. Cleaning is partially done.

The flooring in the main entry needs to be resealed and will be done prior to Friday opening. We are moving in, but there are still punchlist items that are ongoing. The general contractor has done a great job and will continue to address touch up items.

Roofing Installation:

The flashing and small roofing around the South trellis is complete. The remaining single glazing replacement piece is being installed today.

Exterior of Building and Rose Street:

Planting is complete. Hydro seeding is complete. The lower lot adjacent to Library park. Exterior cleaning of the masonry is ongoing.

Construction Update Photo

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6.13.2017  –  6.23.2017

Construction Activities

The Library will close at 1:00pm Monday, June 19 and remain closed until 10:00am Thursday, June 22, to facilitate our move into the new addition.

Framing and Finishes:

Some of the existing shelving from the existing library will be moved to the new addition - display cabinet and the shelving will be moved Monday, June 19th. The new book stack shelving installation is ongoing and almost complete.

The demising wall in between the New Addition and Existing Building will be removed at the end of this week. The project decided that we were going to keep this up to the end/move in.

Door hardware is being installed. Glass for the interior windows are continuing to being installed this week. All building materials will be removed from the building for the final clean this week.

Roofing Installation:

The flashing and small roofing around the South trellis is complete. The remaining single glazing replacement piece is being installed today.

Exterior of Building:

The South side paver installation is complete and the planting/seeding at the South side will be occurring and complete this week. Guardrail along Library Stairs are complete and the guardrail at the West side of the building is ongoing this week. Planting is ongoing at the West side of the guardrail.

Rose Street:

The asphalt paving along Rose Street is done. The small pavers to support parking are installed. Hydro seeding will be completed this week. Planting has started along Rose and at the North portion of the property.

Construction Update Photo

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6.5.2017  –  6.16.2017

Construction Activities

The Parking Lot is closed through June 9th.

Framing and Finishes:

Casework is almost completed. The display cabinet is remaining. Hardware is being installed.

The interior book shelving is being installed currently and will be ongoing this week. Won Door (interior fire-rated door) is installed with a nice cover. The demising wall in between the New Addition and Existing Building is currently scheduled to be removed on Friday the 9th!

Plumbing trim will be complete this week. HVAC start up completed. Mechanical trim is almost complete.

Roofing Installation:

The flashing and roofing around the South trellis and Lobby skylight will be complete Tuesday the 6th.

Exterior of Building:

Small amounts of remaining siding will be finished this week. Fine grading is complete. The South side paver install is almost complete! Planting/seeding at the South side will be occurring in the middle of June. The handrails along the West side of the building and down the Library stairs will be delivered Thursday June 7th, and will be installed shortly thereafter.

Rose Street:

The schedule for the asphalt paving along Rose Street in our entry area is ongoing, still scheduled for June 5 – 9.

Mulch delivery occurred Monday the 5th and planting will start on the 6th/7th.

Construction Update Photo

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5.9.2017  –  5.26.2017

Construction Activities

Framing and Finishes:

Carpet/flooring install is ongoing. Door will be arriving next week. Framing for the trellis will be complete this week and next week. The trellis will be completed by the end of the month.

Acoustical grid installation is ongoing. Casework and interior doors will be delivered to the jobsite next week. Won Door (interior fire rated door) is scheduled to be installed in May. The circulation desk will be installed on approximately May 15th.

Roofing Installation:

The skylights have partially arrived and will be installed end of next week. Final roofing punchlist will be done on May 22nd.

Exterior of Building:

Equipment was delivered Monday the 8th to start grading. Fine grading will start today. Planting/seeding will commence the end of May.

Exterior:

To be able to support the drive prep and asphalt placement, there will be days that the Library will need to close the access drive to the Library in May and June. Approximately May 29th - June 4th, the entry drive will have The asphalt paving along Rose Street is currently scheduled for June 5 – 9th. This activity will be weather dependent. Please check back on the website for exact days the access will not be available as the dates get closer.

Exciting time for the Library and the Community! We are getting close…!

Construction Update Photo

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5.1.2017  –  5.21.2017

Construction Activities

Framing and Finishes:

Flooring will be installed on Monday the 8th. Door will be arriving next week. Framing for the trellis will be complete this week and for the glass order. The trellis will be completed approximately on May 18th.

Acoustical grid installation is ongoing. The ceiling in the main area is about half complete. Painting is ongoing and will be done Wednesday this week. Interior doors will be arriving next week. Casework has been delivered and will be ongoing. The Won Door (interior fire rated door) is scheduled to be installed in May. The new service desk will be installed on May 15th. Lighting is currently being installed. Whiteboards and restroom accessories are being installed.

Roofing Installation:

The skylights have arrived and will be installed end of next week. Final roofing punchlist will be done on May 15th.

Exterior of Building:

Fine grading of landscaped areas will start next week. Planting/seeding will commence the end of May.

Exterior:

The East side sidewalk is complete. The sidewalk pour for the West side along the entry is scheduled for next week. The paving along Rose Street will be the final work completed and is currently scheduled for June 5 – 9th. During that time, the entry drive might be closed. We will provide updates as the work is closer. The entry drive will appear different than prior. The design created this area higher to support the drainage need.

Exciting time for the Library and the Community! We are getting close…!

Construction Update Photo

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4.17.2017  –  4.28.2017

Construction Activities

Framing and Finishes:

Interior wood trim at the interior windows is complete and they are now being stained. The staining will be complete this week. There is a small area of the transition from the existing building to the new building that will remain to complete. Tile installation in the restrooms is completed.

Acoustical grid installation is ongoing. The material for the lay-in wood ceiling and other ceiling tile has arrived. Casework is scheduled to be delivered May 1st. The Won Door (interior fire rated door) is scheduled to be installed in May. The electrical trim is scheduled to be completed next week. The light fixtures will be delivered tomorrow, April 18th.

Roofing Installation:

Roofing is complete until the skylights are delivered in the first week in May. No change to schedule.

Exterior of Building:

Part of the North patio and the sidewalk in front of the existing entry have been poured. The concrete vertical seat wall, behind which will be a sloping grass amphitheater, will be sanded and finished. The exterior NW corner of the building around the mechanical area will be completed this week. The next concrete pour is scheduled for April 19th.

Exterior:

Rose Street improvements are progressing! The sidewalk on Rose Street east of the driveway is scheduled for the next pour this week.

Thank you for your ongoing patience!

Construction Update Photo

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4.4.2017  –  4.14.2017

Construction Activities

Framing and Finishes:

Staining of the trusses and window frames is ongoing. Interior wood trim at the interior windows is ongoing. Tile installation will be completed this week. Staining of window frames is scheduled to be complete next week.

At the main reading room, the electrical rough-in is ongoing and being coordinated with the acoustical ceiling tile grid. Acoustical grid installation is ongoing this week. The Won Door (fire safety door) has arrived and installation will occur this week.

Roofing Installation:

Roofing is complete aside from the skylights, to be delivered in the first week in May.

Exterior of Building:

The north patio is being formed and rebar is being placed. The next concrete pour is scheduled for April 5th and will include sidewalks at the entry, trellis columns and the north patio seat wall. The west sidewalk continues to be formed and rebar placed.

Exterior:

Rose Street improvements are progressing! Grading is occurring this week.Gravel will be placed next week and will define the sidewalk , curb, and gutter. The sidewalk pour for Rose Street is scheduled for May 3rd.

Thank you for your ongoing patience!

Construction Update Photo

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3.29.2017  –  4.14.2017

Construction Activities

Framing and Finishes:

Interior painting is almost complete! Window frame staining will continue through the April 7th. Tile installation is scheduled to start next week. Wood ceiling is partially installed. At the main reading room, the electrical rough in will be completed next week. Other activities include:

  • Circulation desk is being laid out and coordinated with electrical.
  • The transition area to the existing space is being framed/prepped.
  • Acoustical grid is scheduled for the next two weeks.
  • Interior trim is scheduled over the next few weeks.
  • Flooring is scheduled to be installed April 24 – 28th.
  • The fire separation door is scheduled to be installed May 8th.

Roofing Installation:

Roofing install is ongoing and anticipated to be completed in two weeks. The roof skylight will be delivered the first of May.

Exterior of Building:

Exterior siding is just about complete on all sides: the NW corner is the remaining outside area to be complete. Ongoing formwork and prep for sidewalks is ongoing. The next concrete pour is scheduled for April 5th for the sidewalk at the main entry and every week thereafter. The pour will be focused on the entry area at existing, sidewalk/entry at new area and the North patio.

Exterior:

Rose Street improvements are progressing! The infrastructure is place, catch basin complete and grading is almost complete. The sidewalk grading along Rose Street will start next week.

Thank you for your ongoing patience!

Construction Update Photo

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3.22.2017  –  4.7.2017

Construction Activities

Framing and Finishes:

Interior painting is almost complete. Tile installation is scheduled to start next week. Window frames are scheduled to be stained next week. Wood ceiling is partially installed. At the main reading room, the electrical rough in is ongoing. Acoustical grid installation is planned for next week at the new Meeting Rooms and other misc. spaces.

Roofing Installation:

Roofing install is ongoing and anticipated to be completed in two weeks.

Exterior of Building:

Exterior siding is complete. The concrete for the stairs to Library park was poured this week. Ongoing formwork and prep for sidewalks is ongoing. The next concrete pour is scheduled for March 20th and will include sidewalks, trellis columns. It will also include minor concrete slab placement in the electrical room.

Exterior:

Rose Street improvements are progressing! Catch basin installation was completed this week. Restoration and gravel fill complete as well. The prep grading for the sidewalks is scheduled for the week of March 27th. The next concrete pour is expected to include sidewalks at the West. The contractor plans on pouring once a week, continuing at the Entry, then North Patio, driveway then finally Rose Street.

Concrete poured for the top of the Library Stairs! The stairs concrete is complete. Concrete formwork will be removed.

Thank you for your ongoing patience!

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3.10.2017  –  3.24.2017

Construction Activities

Framing and Finishes:

Sanding of the gypsum wallboard is ongoing to follow. Interior painting is scheduled for March 20th. Prep and stain the windows is scheduled for later in March. The work/barricades connecting the existing Library Children’s Room will be adjusted/removed on the 20th and framing in this area will start 21st.

Roofing Installation:

Soffit install is ongoing. Roofing install is ongoing and anticipated to be completed approximately mid to late March.

Exterior:

Exterior siding is complete. The concrete for the stairs to Library park was poured this week. Ongoing formwork and prep for sidewalks is ongoing. The next concrete pour is scheduled for March 20th and will include sidewalks, trellis columns. It will also include minor concrete slab placement in the electrical room.

Exterior Access and Circle (where book drop is located):

Rose Street improvements are starting! March 20th, we are expecting to close the East side of Rose Street to complete some stormwater/catch basin work and improvements. We appreciate your patience during these road closures.

Thank you for your ongoing patience!

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3.2.2017  –  3.17.2017

Construction Activities

Framing and Finishes:

Gypsum wallboard was delivered this week and almost completed hung Tape and sanding to follow. The interior glu lam beams will be stained approx. March 6th. Interior painting will also commence March 13th. Sealing of the floor is scheduled for March 7th through 9th. Acoustical ceiling installation is currently scheduled for April 6th.

Roofing Installation:

Soffit install is ongoing. Roofing install is ongoing and anticipated to be completed approximately March 17th.

Exterior:

Exterior siding is ongoing.

Rough In:

Electrical rough in almost complete. Electrical trim is scheduled for March 27th. Plumbing trim will follow.

Exterior Access and Circle (where book drop is located):

Entry circle within the Library parking area will be disrupted for storm installation. Rose Street work is being planned and will commence March 13th.

Thank you for your continued patience!

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2.21.2017  –  3.10.2017

Construction Activities

Framing and Finishes:

Insulation is completed. Gypsum wallboard was delivered this week and will start to be hung. The interior glu lam beams will be stained approx. March 6th. Interior painting will also commence March 13th.

Sealing of the floor is scheduled for March 6th. Acoustical ceiling installation is currently scheduled for April 6th.

Roofing Installation:

Roofing install is ongoing and anticipated to be completed approximately March 17th.

Exterior:

Exterior windows and door installation is almost complete. Entry doors and glass adjacent to entry doors were installed Monday the 21st. Exterior siding is ongoing and about half way completed. Soffit work will be continuing as well.

Rough In:

Electrical rough in almost complete. Electrical trim is scheduled for March 27th. Plumbing trim will follow.

Exterior Access and Circle (where book drop is located):

Work has started to adjust the circle where the book drop is located. The book drop has been temporarily moved. There will be a lot of work on Rose Street and around the parking lot. The contractor is planning to support access at all times for the Library. A further detailed summary of work for Rose Street will be part of the construction update next week.

Thank you for your patience!

Construction Update Photo

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2.13.2017  –  3.2.2017

Construction Activities

Framing:

Spray foam insulation was completed today. The odor is minimal. To be conservative to the potential odor, the Library closed on Monday, February 13th. We will re-open on Tuesday the 14th.

The batt insulation will commence this week and all insulation work is expected to be completed by February 20th.

Roofing Installation:

Roofing install is ongoing and given the weather, the work will continue through March 2nd. Currently, the gutter flashing is ongoing.

Exterior:

Exterior windows and door installation is complete. Flashing is ongoing. Exterior siding has started! We expect the siding and the soffit work to take approximately 3 weeks.

Book Return:

Given the site improvements required at the entry drive/circle drop off, the Book Return will be moved and re-located within the next week.

Rose Street Improvements:

Starting February 20th, Library Parking, the entry drive and Rose Street will be busy! Please note that parking will be limited over the next few months while the site/sidewalk and roadway improvements are underway. These activities will heavily impact the parking until the project is complete at the end of May. Our goal 1s to complete the project with the least amount of impacts during the busy summer months. So please keep in mind, in June, the Library expansion will be complete!

Thank you for your patience!

Construction Update Photo

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1.30.2017  –  2.17.2017

Construction Activities

Framing:

Fascia install at the exterior is ongoing this week. Completion in approximately one more week. Spray foam insulation on approximately February 13th. It will take 2-3 days to install. The material will have an odor. The exact day will be confirmed by the end of this week (February 5th). It will be advertised/notice in the Island Sounder. The batt insulation install will start after the spray foam is completed.

Roofing Installation:

Roofing install is ongoing and scheduled to be complete February 10th – 14th.

Rough In:

Mechanical work duct install is close to completion. Electrical work is ongoing and the majority of the rough in is almost complete. Demo work at the existing concrete slab is ongoing this week.

Exterior:

CMU [Concrete Masonry Unit] install/masonry is ongoing. Windows and door installation is ongoing.

Rose Street Improvements:

In February, we will start the improvements along the roadway. More specific detail on dates as it gets closer. The work will be two phases, each portion of work will take approx. 3-5 weeks. The second portion of work will disrupt the actual Rose Street center portion of the roadway.

Thank you for your patience!

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1.23.2017  –  2.10.2017

Construction Activities

Framing:

Structural blocking work is almost finished. Spray foam insulation on February 2nd. It will take the weekend to continue to install. The material will have an odor and will disperse over the weekend.

Roofing Installation:

Insulation on upper roof. Membrane work is done. Roof sheathing, skylight curbs and upper roof details are completed. Actual roofing install is ongoing all this week and will take approximately 3 weeks to complete.

Rough In:

Mechanical work and duct install is complete. Electrical work is ongoing and the majority of the rough in will be completed at the end of this week.

Exterior:

CMU [Concrete Masonry Unit] installation will be starting this week. Windows have been delivered! Installation will start at the end of the week.

Rose Street Improvements:

In February, we will commence the improvements along the roadway. More specific detail on dates as it gets closer.

Construction Update Photo

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1.16.2017  –  1.27.2017

Construction Activities

Framing:

Dry in is ongoing. The interior wall framing is complete. Misc. top of wall conditions and blocking is finishing up this week. Dry in has been meeting the maximum moisture content requirement.

Roofing Installation:

Roof sheathing, skylight curbs and upper roof details are being completed this week. Roofing installation will commence January 23rd.

Rough In:

Plumbing rough in complete. Mechanical work and duct installation is ongoing. Electrical work is ongoing with a large crew scheduled for January 17th.

Exterior:

CMU [Concrete Masonry Unit] installation will be starting next week. Windows will be delivered this week and exterior envelope is being prepped for window installation.

Construction Update Photo

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1.6.2017  –  1.20.2017

Construction Activities

Framing:

Dry in is ongoing. The interior wall framing and all blocking in the walls is expected to be complete this week. As the roof is installed and dry in meets the minimum moisture content requirement, the exposed glue lams will be washed/cleaned and stained. The exterior soffits will be framed starting the 16th and will take approximately 2 weeks.

Roofing Installation:

Crickets / over framing are being completed this week. Fascia work is ongoing. Roofing installation is scheduled for January 16th.

Rough In:

All trades for the rough in is starting. Plumbing and Electrical is starting this week and Mechanical is starting next week.

Parking:

Rose Street roadway parking will start to be filled in for contractor parking because of more trades including mechanical and electrical starting.

Construction Update Photo

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12.12.2016  –  1.6.2017

Construction Activities

Framing:

Roof framing on the West and South side is complete. Framing is continuing on the North and East. Sheathing installation is progressing. Over-framing material for the area between the new and existing Library is stored onsite. Exterior building wrap is scheduled to be installed December 22nd. Dry in is ongoing.

Roof Framing/Sheathing and Water Barrier Installation:

Ongoing. Roof sheathing will start on December 5th. The roof envelope and underlayment is expected to be completed by December 22nd. The sheathing will be installed in sections to minimize exposure to weather. The Contractor will secure/fully enclose the building for the week of December 23rd holiday through New Year holiday with additional cameras.

Roofing Installation:

Sheathing placement is in progress. Ice and Water Shield material has been delivered and it has started to be installed.

Rough In:

In January, mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough in will commence.

Construction Update Photo

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11.28.2016  –  12.12.2016

Construction Activities

Framing:

The majority of the framing is estimated to be complete this week. Additional miscellaneous areas will be completed in December.

Roof Framing/Sheathing and Water Barrier Installation:

Ongoing. Roof sheathing will start on December 5th. The roof envelope and underlayment is expected to be completed by December 22nd. The sheathing will be installed in sections to minimize exposure to weather. The Contractor will secure/fully enclose the building for the week of December 23rd holiday through New Year holiday with additional cameras.

Roofing Installation:

Scheduled for end of December/January.

Construction Coordination:

Submittals on ongoing for coordination of scheduled work including casework, etc.

Construction Update Photo

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11.14.2016  –  11.28.2016

Construction Activities

Framing:

Exterior wall framing will be completed this week. Interior columns being cut and capped. Roof glu lams to be placed this week. Interior framing has started and will continue through the month of November. The interior offices have been framed.

Roof Framing:

Ongoing. Roof sheathing is estimated to start placement in second week in December. The roof envelope and underlayment is expected to be completed by December 22nd. The Contractor will secure/fully enclose the building for the week of December 23rd holiday through New Year holiday with additional cameras.

Concrete and Deliveries:

Framing and roofing materials along East side of Rose Street will be used this week and next week. As much as possible, this area will remain open for additional parking.

Existing Library/Interior Tie In:

Area for the new tie in will be notched tomorrow to place the glu lam beam. Window along wall is partially removed. Work will continue and will minimize interior impacts within the existing Library.

Construction Update Photo

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11.7.2016  –  11.13.2016

Construction Activities

Framing:

Exterior framing work is ongoing and expected to be complete end of next week. Interior framing will commence November 14th and will continue through the month of November.

Roof Framing:

Starting on November 9th and continuing through December.

Roof sheathing is estimated to start placement in December. The roof envelope is expected to be sheathed by December 22nd. The Contractor will secure/fully enclose the building for the week of December 23rd holiday through New Year holiday.

Concrete and Deliveries:

Concrete sawcutting ongoing. Additional fencing and security measures have been placed to secure building materials around the Library.

Construction Update Photo

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10.28.2016  –  11.6.2016

Construction Activities

Formwork and Concrete:

Concrete slab is poured and complete!

Framing:

Sill plates were starting to be placed last week and completed by the 27th.
Exterior wall framing is starting!
Interior: Part of the existing Children’s Room area is being closed up to allow for installation of power and data equipment.

Underground and Sitework:

Exterior stairs connecting Library park are being prepped/excavated.
Septic tank was set last week.
Storm system was completed last week.
Sidewalk prep is occurring the week of October 31st.

Construction Update Photo

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10.13.2016  –  10.21.2016

Construction Activities

Formwork and Concrete:

Forms setting and vapor barrier installation ongoing. The first concrete slab pour is complete! Concrete slab placement will be broken up into 3 to 4 pours and will continue through October 18th, depending on weather.

Framing:

Framing to start this month after the slab placement!

Underground Utilities:

The electrical underground is complete.

Construction Update Photo

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9.26.2016  –  10.16.2016

Construction Activities

Formwork and Concrete:

Forms setting ongoing this week. Vapor barrier installation almost complete.

Slab on grade concrete pours are currently scheduled for Monday the 3rd, depending on weather. Concrete slab placement will be broken up into 3 to 5 pours and will continue through October 15th.

Underground Utilities:

The electrical underground is ongoing this week.

We have started to review some furniture options for the next expansion.

Rose Street improvements will be in the future, but tentatively scheduled for December 1st to complete the work in the off season/minimize any impacts for parking and access.

We have installed additional cameras around the jobsite to support the safety and security of the construction area.

Construction Update Photo

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9.12.2016  –  9.30.2016

Construction Activities

Pin Pile Driving:

Thank you for your ongoing tolerance of the pile driving. The Library is happy to update that Wednesday the 14th will be the last day of the pile driving work!

Formwork and Concrete:

The large concrete pour is currently scheduled for Wednesday the 21st. Stripping the forms is planned for September 26th.

Underground Utilities:

Storm lines placement is from this week through the 23rd. Underground plumbing and utilities is planned for the next three weeks and to be completed by October 1st.

Rose Street improvements will be in the future, but tentatively scheduled for December 1st to complete the work in the off season/minimize the any impacts for parking and access.

The laydown space South of Roses will be completely fenced next week to support the safety and security of the construction area. Please check back for photos and weekly updates!

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8.22.2016  –  9.2.2016

Pile driving complete this week!

Formwork for the footings is just commencing this week, but will be continuing the week of the 29th.

Concrete placement will start to occur the first of September and will be ongoing for week to ten days.

After concrete is complete. The septic tank will be excavated and placed in approximately 3 weeks.

Trying to fit in as much excavation during the summer to take care of nice weather!

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If you would like further updates or have any concerns, please contact Liz LeRoy at 206-331-7381.

8.2.2016  –  8.11.2016

Pin Pile Driving:

For the next two to three weeks (August 2 – August 12) the pin piles will be placed which is a nosier activity. The first day of pin pile driving was today – Tuesday August 2nd! We walked around to immediate neighbors to check in and communicate the schedule.

Compaction and Grade Beam Formwork:

The grading and compaction testing will overlap the pin pile work. Compaction will start the week of the 15tth. After the pin pile placement, the formwork will start to commence and create grade beams in preparation for the concrete.

Construction Update Photo

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If you would like further updates or have any concerns, please contact Liz LeRoy at 206-331-7381.

7.26.2016  –  8.1.2016

Access and Parking on Prune Alley:

HB Hansen will also be utilizing the lot to the South of Rose’s. This area will be fenced for safety and security and you will see fencing delivered on the 9th and set up shortly thereafter. The area along Prune Alley will remain open for parking from Friday through Sunday.

Construction Activities:

We have completed the prep grading for the building pad. HB Hansen has proof rolled the grade for anticipating placement of the pin piles next week. We will continue to haul off any excess dirt material. Starting on August 2, the welding of the pin piles will commence. For the next two weeks (August 2 – August 12) the pin piles will be placed and will be a noisier activity. We appreciate your patience during this time. It is important that we complete this work during dry, summer weather to optimize the soil conditions as it is extremely difficult to complete excavation and pin pile foundation work in wet weather. Thank you for your patience!

Construction Update Photo

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If you would like further updates or have any concerns, please contact Liz LeRoy at 206-331-7381.

7.13.2016  –  7.25.2016

Ground Breaking!

Thank you for all who support the Library. What a great event.

Construction Planning:

The entire team has been working diligently on completing submittals and paperwork needed to support the Construction project. HB Hansen has started to place fencing and mobilize trailers for construction.

Construction:

HB Hansen will now be a large part of the Library starting on the 18th as they commence construction. We appreciate your flexibility while we settle in on the impacts during construction. We know upon completion in May/ June 2017, the expansion will be a great asset for our community!

The Library has excited to announce the approval of a grant to make available funds to construct new Library Park stairs! Great job Orcas Island Library.

Please check back for photos and weekly updates

If you would like further updates or have any concerns, please contact Liz LeRoy at 206-331-7381.

7.5.2016  –  7.12.2016

Welcome!

We are excited to welcome HB Hansen to Orcas Island. Mobilization will be occurring this weekend including fencing, trailer and storage units.

Access and Traffic:

Parking lot will stay open during construction. The entry drive will remain open as well, you will see fencing as soon as you turn into the Library to your right.

HB Hansen will also be utilizing the lot to the South of Rose’s. This area will be fenced for safety and security and you will see fencing delivered on the 9th and set up shortly thereafter. The Contractor will be moving materials from the lot South of Rose’s and access to the expansion from the NW corner of the Library property off of Rose Street.

Permit, Submittals and Planning:

We are partnering with San Juan County for the final piece to complete the building permit. HB Hansen has begun sending on submittals to the Construction Team for planning on all of the ordering of materials.

Please check back for photos and weekly updates!

If you would like further updates or have any concerns, please contact Liz LeRoy at 206-331-7381.

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Levy Lid Lift 2016

Orcas Island Library Building Expansion and Levy Lid Lift: An Overview

September 6, 2016

History: The Orcas Island Public Library (OIPL) has served the community in one form or another for 60 years. Housed in various locations in Eastsound as a volunteer association, it became a library district in 1987, and then opened its present location in 1993. As originally envisioned, the OIPL building was a facility of 12,500 sf. Due to funding limitations, the facility was redesigned and a library of approximately 6000 sf was built. The initial Library District property tax levy was set at $.50 per $1000 of assessed property valuation (the maximum allowed under State law). As a result of State Initiative 747, which introduced a 1% limit to annual tax revenue increases, Library District revenues have not kept pace with inflation. There has been no increase in the District levy since the initial levy was set in 1987. The combination of property revaluations and the implementation of I-747 has reduced the effective levy rate to $.303 per $1000 of assessed value for 2016.

Current Situation: Since construction of the current facility, several Library Boards have considered expanding the OIPL to bring it closer to the originally programmed space. In each case economic factors combined to make the project infeasible. In 2013, the Board of Trustees conducted several surveys of the community, conducted public forums, and gathered the opinions of individuals, island organizations and businesses. The near-universal response was that the Library is too small to meet the community’s needs. Specifically cited were the Children’s and Young Adult areas, insufficient meeting spaces and spaces for working and quiet reading, too few computer workstations available for patrons (also inconveniently located in the center aisle) and the demand for a larger collection. The survey data clearly indicated that the community is very proud of the current Library building and that any expansion should harmonize with the existing structure. In 2014, based on this community input and its assessment of the Library’s capabilities, the Board of Trustees committed to pursuing an expansion project. Central to the Trustees’ decision was maximizing funding from sources other than local property tax revenues. To that end, the Board began accumulating funds for the project. Accumulated capital improvement funds on hand under OICF management were approximately $200,000. The Friends of the OIPL pledged $100,000. State Senator Kevin Ranker secured a State appropriation of $1.4 Million. The Bob and Phyllis Henigson Living Trust contributed another $1.4 Million from the estate of Mr. Henigson, a former Library Trustee whose enthusiasm for the Library was well known. Approximately $400,000 was raised through other private donations.

In 2015, the Board set a preliminary budget of $3.5 million and hired a project manager. The Board worked with her to select an architectural firm to design an expansion of approximately 6000 sf. After a competitive process, HKP Architects of Mt. Vernon, Washington was selected. HKP and the Library’s Design Committee worked very hard to create a design that enhanced and complemented the existing structure. Subsequently, the cost to build the preliminary design was independently estimated at $4.1 million overall. The Design Committee, together with the project manager, the architects and the Library staff made modifications to the design, the furnishings and the building appointments that the Board accepted, which reduced the estimated project cost to $3.8 million. Items such as modification of the existing lobby were placed on hold, to be completed when additional funding permits. A proposed large public meeting room was eliminated from the design entirely. The Board determined that more cost certainty was needed. Therefore, in March 2016, the project was put out for formal bids by general contractors. Three bids were received. The low bid resulted in the overall project budget reaching $4.18M (more than $300 k over the earlier independent cost estimate. This bid placed the south entry vestibule into an “additional work” category. The Board approved including the vestibule in the project scope, which brought the total cost for the expansion to approximately $4.2 million.

The Levy Lift Proposal: The need to raise approximately $700,000 more for project funding created two dilemmas for the Board. First, full funding must be secured (including pledged funds, lines of credit, bonds, etc.) before the State grant funds may be used. If full funding is not secured within the 2015-2017 biennium, the State funds may not be available. The ability to raise the full $700,000 from the donor community, before the expiration of the State’s biennial grant, is questionable. The Board determined that to be an unacceptable risk to the project. Loss of the State funds would require suspending the project indefinitely. Mindful of the risks involved, the Board considered various alternatives: abandon the project, reduce the scope of the project, or delay the project. The Board concluded that abandoning the project was not in the community’s best interest as the need for expanded facilities is almost universally felt and expressed. Reducing the scope of the project would entail a total redesign and a significant delay in the project. Architectural costs, new permits and costs to rework the subsystem designs would very likely cost several hundred thousand dollars. The end result would be a smaller facility that fails to meet the needs and expectations of the community while costing just as much or more than the current project. As already noted, simply delaying the project would jeopardize the State funding and increase the construction costs to an unacceptable level. In the current construction industry environment, construction costs continue to escalate well beyond the rate of inflation which would increase the construction budget to an unacceptable level. Further, a significant delay could result in fewer or no general contractors willing to bid, or being unavailable to complete the project in a timely manner. Hence the Board determined to “put a stake in the ground” by starting the project on schedule so that the project can be delivered at the current budget. After considering a number of options, the Board determined that seeking a levy lid lift was the most appropriate way to demonstrate the full funding required to access the $1.4 million in State funding.

The proposed levy rate increase of $.147 per $1000 of assessed value does several things. The revenue generated will allow the District to borrow funds sufficient to cover the $700,000 shortfall in its entirety if needed. The levy revenue will fund the increased operations and maintenance costs of the expanded facility, estimated at approximately an additional $130,000 per year. When the expansion-related debt is repaid, the levy funds will permit the Library to rebuild adequate operating reserves which recent funding shortfalls have eroded. Even without the expansion, the Board would need to seek a levy lift within the next year or two. The effect of I-747 has been that each year the gap between available tax revenues and the incrementally growing costs of all Library services and building operations grows wider. Some basic functions of the Library, such as Sunday hours, have been increasingly funded by donations and gifts from the Friends of the Library. The Library is a community asset; providing its essential public services should not be dependent on inconsistent sources such as private donations. The increased levy revenue will also support enhanced programs, services, and technology, and will permit the Library to address deferred capital and maintenance projects such as acoustics for the meeting room ceiling, landscaping, and exterior and interior painting.

Should the levy fail, the extreme scenario would be to halt construction of the Library expansion. Irrespective of the levy proposal, the Board and other community leaders continue their efforts to secure additional gifts, donations and grant funding. For example, the Library recently was successful in obtaining San Juan County grant funding for the new staircase to Library Park. Other grant applications are pending. The Board will borrow as little money as possible to complete the project. All levy revenue not required for expansion-related debt service can be put to use sooner to fund operations and build reserves and pushes future levy lift requests further out. The Library provides a unique and valuable set of services to the community. Failure to pass the OIPL levy lift would likely reduce Library staffing and services. The levy lid lift will ensure the availability of full funding for the construction project, support quality services and increased collections, maintain the facility and grounds, and restore adequate reserves.

The Numbers:

Library Use:

Library user visits: 133,000 per year (2500 per week), up 267% since 1995

Library cardholders: 6300, up 210% since 1995

Annual checkouts: 123,000, up 162% since 1995

Library collection size: 41,880 volumes, up 135% since 1995

Library programs and classes: 220 per year, up 138% since 1995

Library program attendance: 4200 per year, up 400% since 1995

 

Expansion Costs and Funding:

Cost of expansion: $4.2 million

Funds raised so far: $3.5 million

Source of currently available funds:

  • Private donations: $2.0 million
  • State capital funds: $1.4 million
  • Friends of the Library: $100,000
The Expanded LibraryExistingAfter Expansion
Square footage of current facility:6000 sf11,900
Childrens’ area:447 sf801 sf
Young adult area:126 sf451 sf
Quiet reading “pockets”:5 chairs20 chairs
Small work tables:4 16
Meeting rooms:13
Public Restrooms:24
Library Materials Collection:41,000 items30% Increase
Total Library Budget for 2016:$700,000$850,000 (est)

Tax Data:

The last levy lift: none since District formation in 1987

Current library district tax rate Orcas: $0.303 per $1000 of valuation

Proposed library district tax rate Orcas: $0.45 per $1000 of valuation

Current library district tax rate San Juan: $0.495 per $1000 of valuation

Current library district tax rate Lopez: $0.4047 per $1000 of valuation

Annual increase in taxes on property assessed at $250,000: $37

Annual increase in taxes on property assessed at $750,000: $111

Annual increase in taxes on property assessed at $1.25 million: $184


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Library Expansion Progressing and Levy Lid Lift Placed on the November 8 Ballot.

Construction of the Orcas Island Public Library Expansion began on July 12, 2016. Detailed information regarding the expansion and still photographs are on the Library’s website. A continuous construction camera feed will also soon be available.

As previously reported, the Library Trustees have placed a Library District Levy Lid Lift on the November ballot. The current levy is 30.3 cents per $1000 of assessed property value. Under the District proposal, the levy would be raised to 45 cents per $1000. Current levy amounts for Lopez Island and San Juan Island are 40 cents and 50 cents, respectively.

The Library began accumulating funds for an expansion project in 2014. To date, $3.5 million has been raised through private donations totaling nearly $2 million, a State appropriation of $1.4 million secured by Senator Kevin Ranker and a $100,000 grant from the Friends of the Library. To meet the community’s demand for expanded Library facilities and services, the Board determined that the Library expansion should begin this summer, and to proceed with a levy lid lift on the November ballot. Approval of the levy helps to ensure that the State appropriation will be accessible in the current biennium. The additional revenue generated will allow the District to borrow funds sufficient to cover the approximately $700,000 remaining to be raised. The additional levy revenue will fund the increased operations and maintenance costs of the expanded facility, estimated at approximately $130,000 a year. When expansion-related debt is repaid, the increase in levy revenue will rebuild adequate operating reserves, which recent operations funding shortfalls have eroded.

Even without the expansion, the Board would pursue a levy lift within the next year or two. Because of State Initiative 747, the gap between levy revenues and the cost of Library services and building operations grows every year. Some basic functions of the Library are now funded by gifts from the Friends of the Library. The increased levy revenue will insure that basic functions of the Library, such as Sunday hours and technology improvements, will be more reliably funded.

A detailed history of the project, facts and figures related to the expansion’s impact on Library programs and services and Frequently Asked Questions and Answers are available on the Library website: www.orcaslibrary.org. Additionally, the Library Trustees and Library Director, Phil Heikkinen, are available to speak to any group or organization regarding the expansion and the levy proposal. Please contact Phil at 376-4985 or pheikkinen@orcaslibrary.org for additional information or to schedule a meeting with Phil or a Trustee.


Frequently Asked Questions

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The Orcas Island Library District Board of Trustees has placed a property tax levy lid lift measure on the November 8 ballot

What will the levy pay for?

The additional levy revenue will be used to complete funding for the Library expansion and provide funds for maintenance and operations (M&O) of the expanded Library.

What is the current Library levy rate and how does it compare with the other islands?

  • The Orcas Library levy is currently $0.303 per $1000 valuation.
  • San Juan Island Library levy is currently $0.50 per $1000 valuation.
  • Lopez Island Library levy is currently $0.40 per $1000 valuation.

What is the proposed Orcas Library Levy rate?

The proposal is to raise the levy rate by $0.147 to $0.45 per $1000 valuation.

How much will the expansion cost?

Approximately $4,200,000.

How much capital (expansion) funding does the Library already have?

Approximately $3,500,000, including:

  • $1.4 million from the Bob and Phyllis Henigson Living Trust
  • Approximately $400,000 in additional private donations
  • $1.4 million in State capital funds for 2015-17 biennium
  • $100,000 from the Friends of the Library
  • $200,000 from Library Capital Reserves

How much more do you need to fully fund the basic project?

Approximately $700,000.

Why did the Board begin construction of the expansion without full funding?

  • To wait would jeopardize the $1.4 million state capital funding, granted for the 2015-17 biennium.
  • To defer the expansion for a year to raise additional funds would increase the amount to be raised by at least $500,000 and might cause us to lose the $1.4 million State grant. We would lose the current construction fixed bid and have to redo the bidding process in a hot construction market.
  • The need for the expansion is now.

By what date does the expansion need to be fully funded?

In order to access state capital funding in 201, the expansion should be fully funded with cash, loans or lines of credit, and pledges by December 31, 2016.

When will the expansion be finished?

Summer 2017

The levy won’t immediately fully fund the expansion. How will you achieve full funding by December 31st?

The approved levy will permit the Library District to obtain a six-year line of credit or loan to achieve full funding. A portion of the levy revenue will be used to fund repayment of that loan or line of credit.

Does the Board have other plans to raise money?

The Board continues to solicit private funding and is pursuing grant opportunities, especially for additional capital items not included in the current project budget (see below).

Has there been a previous levy lid lift for the Library?

No. The original (1988) levy was 50 cents per $1,000; however, due to property revaluations and the effects of I-747, which limits tax revenue increases to 1% per year, the current rate is 30.3 cents. Even without the expansion, the Library would need to seek a levy lid lift, because tax revenues have not kept pace with inflation, causing the Library to draw down its reserves to pay for basic operations.

After the expansion is paid for, what happens to the remainder of the levy dollars?

Tax levy dollars will:

  • fund maintenance and operations for the expanded Library;
  • fund deferred maintenance and capital improvements to the existing building;
  • restore reserves to a level consistent with best practices for libraries; and
  • fund enhanced programs, services, and technology.

What is “Plan B” if the levy fails?

  • Pursue alternative borrowing options;
  • Continue to seek private donations and grants;
  • Continue to drawn down reserves for M & O;
  • Continue dependence on Friends for M & O;
  • Potentially delay or halt construction; and
  • Potentially reduce services and defer maintenance of the Library.

Why does the expansion cost $4,200,000?

  • “Hard” (construction) costs for the building are approx. $3.2 million. State law requires that the Library pay “prevailing wages” for all construction labor. “Prevailing wages” are higher than local wage rates.
  • “Soft” costs are approximately $1 million. Those costs include architects, the project manager, engineering, permitting, furniture and equipment.
  • The Design Committee, responding to community input — “We love our library; keep it beautiful” — has honored the quality and integrity of current building by selecting consistent finishes for the expansion, including metal roofing, cedar siding, and interior wood trim.
  • It is more expensive to build on the island because of increased transportation costs.

Did the Board do anything to lower costs for the expansion?

Throughout the design process, the Board eliminated or deferred non-essential items without sacrificing essential space and program needs or the quality and integrity of building. Those items total approximately $300,000. An additional deferred item, the rebuilding of the Library Park stairs, has been funded by a San Juan County grant.

How will these deferred items be addressed?

The Library District Fundraising Committee, composed of committed citizen supporters, has volunteered to raise funds for this component of the Library Expansion though private fund-raising. This portion of the funding is not time constrained like the full funding requirement for the basic construction.

How much do you expect maintenance and operations to increase with the new building?

The Library projects that M & O for the expanded building will increase by approximately $130,000 per year, to include an estimated 1 FTE additional staff.

What does the Library currently do to hold down maintenance and operations costs?

The Orcas Island Library is fortunate to have a large and enthusiastic group of volunteers — 45 community members who typically donate three hours a week each to help with checkout, shelving, grounds maintenance, and preparation of materials to enter the collection.

Will the expansion be Green?

While the expansion will not be LEED-certified, it incorporates many green components, including the following:

  • the roof includes infrastructure for solar panels;
  • some of the “content” of the construction materials is recycled (for example, content of metal roofing, concrete, and wallboard);
  • the cedar siding and Douglas Fir framing are regional materials;
  • the expansion is designed to be “day-lit” (use natural light) as much as possible;
  • the landscaping is low-impact and drought tolerant;
  • paints, coatings, sealants and adhesives are low-VOC content; and
  • the foam insulation is bio-based, and the batt insulation is mineral wool.

What are the sources of Library funding?

The current annual budget of about $713,000 is funded by:

  • taxes (85%)
  • Friends (5%)
  • private donations/endowments (2%)
  • reserves (4%)
  • front-desk fees (1%)
  • other (3%)

How is this money spent?

  • salaries (51%)
  • benefits (17%)
  • print and online collections or resources (9%)
  • professional and other services (8%)
  • building and equipment maintenance and replacement (4%)
  • programs/lectures/classes (3%)
  • insurance (2%)
  • utilities (2%)
  • communications and internet (2%)
  • supplies (2%)
  • travel and training (1%)

Expansion Process FAQs

How did the Library engage the community in the expansion process?

Three Boards, beginning in 2001, continuing in 2008, and again in 2013, did extensive surveys and held conversations with community members, library users, and Orcas schools and non-profit agencies to determine current and future library needs. Each time the Board concluded that the community desired more space for people, technology and books.

During 2014 and through the spring of 2015, the Board and Library staff conducted surveys and numerous meetings at the Library to discuss the current and future needs of the Library. Library Trustees and staff attended local community gatherings and organization meetings to gather inputs. Local architect David Kau volunteered time to develop preliminary schematics to be used in seeking additional feedback from the community. In view of the positive responses regarding expansion of the Library, active fundraising began in late 2014. In the fall of 2015, community members were asked to engage in the final Design Development process for expansion.

What other information and data did Board use to determine the need for expansion?

The Board gathered considerable data, including:

  • Library usage over 20-year period, which shows three-digit increases in several measures;
  • State, County, school-district demographics and population forecasts; and
  • projections on the evolving role of libraries in the 21st century, including statistics regarding print books, e-books, and electronic information sources.

What space needs will the expansion address?

The expansion will be 5,900 square feet, including:

  • increased space for Children (from 450 to 800 sf)
  • increased space for Young Adults (from 125 to 450 sf)
  • more quiet-reading “pockets”
  • more small work tables
  • one each large- and small-group study/meeting room
  • a dedicated computer area in the expansion
  • 30% more shelving for a larger collection and to move books from hard-to-reach bottom and top shelves
  • an outdoor patio for reading and wifi access
  • two more restrooms
  • a small store for the Friends of the Library

How long will the expanded building meet Library needs?

The expanded building should well serve the community for 20 to 25 years based on current population trends. The open floor plan of the current and expanded building allows the Library to adapt to changing needs in the 21st century. Small, piecemeal expansions are more expensive and less effective in meeting program and service needs.


Relevance of Library FAQs

Aren’t eBooks and the internet replacing libraries?

Studies show that most Americans are “ambidextrous” in their reading habits, preferring the internet and e-books for some uses and print for others. The Library’s collection adapts to evolving technologies; it includes not only print books, but also DVDs, CDs, audio books, downloadable e-books, and free broadband wifi, 24/7. Both onsite and through its website, the Library offers free access to a variety of catalogs and databases, including foreign-language instruction.

Who uses the Library?

The Orcas Island Library is free, democratic, apolitical, and welcomes everyone.

Orcas Island children are great users of the Library. Although children are only 16% of the island population, they account for 25% of all Library checkouts and 72% of attendees at Library programs, including twice-weekly Story Times, Book Clubs, and the Summer Reading Program.

San Juan County is unique in that 45% of adults possess Bachelor’s degrees, while 94% are high-school graduates. We are also an aging population; our most significant population growth is in the over-55 age group. Current trends indicate that by 2030 —only 14 years from now — a third of the county’s population could be 65 years or older.

San Juan County enjoys the second highest per capita personal income in the state, at $54,000, slightly behind King County, at $55,000, and well above the state median of $42,000 (2013 data). However, our wage income is among the lowest in the state — $31,000, compared to $60,000 for King County and a state median of $48,000.

What does this mean for the Library? Residents who enjoy high personal income and more leisure time desire high-quality information and entertainment. Lower-income residents — many of whom work several part-time jobs to make ends meet — need free access to high-quality information and entertainment.

What do people use the Library for?

For information (both print and internet), connection (free wifi 24/7), entertainment, quiet reading, studying, meeting, community drop-off and pick up, and Library- and community-sponsored programs.

The Orcas Library is consistently in the top five libraries in Washington per capita for user visits, checkouts, cardholders, and collection size. Those numbers have increased significantly in the past 20 years (1995-2105):

  • Library visits are 133,300 per year (2,500 per week), up 267%;
  • Library cardholders are 6,300, up 210%;
  • Annual checkouts are123,000, up 162%;
  • Library Collection size are 41,800, up 135%;
  • Library Programs and classes are220 per year, up 138%; and
  • Library Program attendance are 4,200 a year, up 400%.

The Library is not only a critically important information resource; it is also a gathering place — a community hub for meetings, programs, and person-to-person connection.