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North Olympic Library System Director Announces Retirement

The Board of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has announced that Library Director Margaret Jakubcin plans to retire in the summer of 2020. Jakubcin confirmed her retirement timeline with the Library’s Board of Trustees earlier this week, and notified library staff in individual meetings and in an email sent out on Thursday.


Hoopla Checkout Limit Changes

Beginning February 1, 2020, NOLS patrons will be limited to 5 checkouts per month via Hoopla, a decrease from the previous limit of 7. This change is necessary so that 2020 checkouts—for which the library is charged individually—do not exceed the budget.

If you have questions about Hoopla, or about other streaming library services, email or contact your local NOLS branch.


Macmillan Publishing Boycott

In response to business practices that create barriers for library patrons, the Washington Digital Library Consortium, of which North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is a member, has chosen to boycott Macmillan Publishers’ eBooks and eAudiobooks for 14 months, beginning November 1, 2019, and ending December 31, 2020.


Crochet Orla the Octopus

As part of Clallam County Reads, join the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) and Cabled Fiber & Yarn to Crochet Orla the Octopus! Register at for one of two sessions of this workshop at the Port Angeles Main Library. The first session will be held on Wednesday, November 6 from 5:30-7:30pm. The second session will be held on Wednesday, November 13 from 5:30-7:30pm.


Art in the Library Opening Reception

Seattle band Pearl Django will fill the Sequim Branch Library with sounds of their Hot Club swing during the October First Friday Art Walk on Friday, October 4. The music will begin at 6:30pm, but come early to check out the new Ocean Arts exhibit on display and meet the featured artists at 6pm. Refreshments will be served and limited library services will be available during this free after-hours event.


Storytimes at the North Olympic Library System

Regularly held storytimes at the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) begin again starting on September 17. Storytimes at NOLS introduce children to reading in fun and engaging ways, and provide parents and caregivers with ideas on ways to help bolster early literacy development. Weekly storytimes will be held at the Port Angeles and Sequim Libraries through May, and the Forks Branch Library through June.


Read & Ride

Need something to read on your commute? With the new Read & Ride program, it’s easy - just grab a book while you’re on the bus! Take a seat on the bus and settle in – we’ve got your reading needs covered. The North Olympic Library System is partnering with Clallam Transit to provide reading material for your journey. Thanks to donations from the North Olympic Library Foundation, select bus routes now have books and magazines that you can read and return or read and share with someone else. Jump on board and Read & Ride today!


NOLS is Fine Free!

Beginning September 1, 2019, your library is fine free! The North Olympic Library System will no longer charge overdue fines for items returned late. This change helps ensure equitable and free access to library materials and services for everyone in our community.

NOLS is not alone in eliminating fines. Libraries across North America are going fine free to reduce access barriers. Earlier this year the American Library Association passed a resolution encouraging libraries to eliminate fines. You can read the NOLS Board of Trustees resolution about going fine free, and the reports that underlay that decision, here.