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The Library is now open for browsing!

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: Noon to 3:00pm

We are happy to invite library users back into the building, after almost eight long months of closure, so that they can browse our collections, use our copier/printer, and even read newspapers and magazines. People can reserve or checkout materials as usual.

This is a “20 people for 20 minutes” pilot project, in which up to 20 people can be in the building concurrently, for a total of 20 minutes each. In compliance with the San Juan County ordinance, facemasks are required. People who prefer to stay outside can continue to use curbside services, which we have had in place since early June.

Our open hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from noon to 3:00pm.

We hope that before too long, based on our experiences week by week, and depending on San Juan County COVID-19 case counts, we will be able to add to our occupancy total and time spent in the building, as well as to offer public computer access and study tables again.

Please contact Library Director Phil Heikkinen at, or 360-376-4985 with any questions.

Surplus Items for Sale

As mentioned in the November newsletter a variety of surplus items are offered for sale through a silent auction. Items are available for viewing during the Library’s open hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday from Noon to 3 pm.

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Prime Time Family Reading Program

We are excited to be partnering with Humanities Washington and Prime Time© to bring the love of books and reading into your family. Together we want to develop a lifelong love of reading for families, focusing on children aged 6-10 years old but siblings of any age are welcome to join in.

From Thursday January 7th to February 11th Prime Time Family Reading will run for 1-hour every Thursday evening at 6pm. This is a 6-week commitment for parents and children to participate in the program.

In Prime Time Family Reading you’ll enjoy engaging, family-based reading and discussion on topics like fairness, courage, and dreams. Prime Time has a proven track record that develops strategies to increase creativity, critical thinking, and academic success.

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ProQuest is launching a new Coronavirus Research Database, giving all ProQuest users access to full-text content covering all facets of COVID-19 and related infectious diseases.

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HKP Architects Wins an AIA NW Design Award for Orcas Library Expansion

HKP Architects received three of the six Merit Awards given out in this year’s American Institute of Architects Northwest Section Design Awards. One of the three HKP projects that was awarded at the virtual event was for the Orcas Island Public Library Expansion.

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Jenny's Virtual Story Times!

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Photo: Mike Penney/HKP Architects