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News & Alerts2020-03-20T21:29:07-07:00

To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, beginning Tuesday, March 17, all NOLS facilities will be closed. At this time, the Library is not setting a time period for this temporary closure, or a date when the libraries will reopen to the public. The Library will evaluate regularly and make decisions based on the current situation, recommendations from public health and government leaders, and the Library’s commitment to our communities.

Online Resource Page: Stay Home, Stay Safe

The North Olympic Library System has curated a webpage specifically to assist you while you stay home and stay safe. The Stay Home, Stay Safe webpage provides resources for self-care, learning from home, as well as COVID-19 news from reliable sources and more! Learn. Create. Connect. Start exploring at www.nols.org/stay-home-stay-safe.

“Drive-In WiFi Hotspot” Available for Free Internet Use

Many parts of Clallam County do not have adequate internet service. Through Washington State University Extension, the Washington State Broadband Office, the Washington State Library and Microsoft, free, wireless internet access is available in the parking lot at the Forks Branch Library. Come check out our Drive-In WiFi Hotspot!

NOLS Help Available by Phone

The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) is now offering customer service by phone from 1–5pm, Monday through Saturday. Call any of the four NOLS libraries, and select option 2 for Customer Service. Library staff will be available to answer questions about how to get a library card, how to access online resources such as free downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks, and questions regarding library accounts. The Port Angeles Main Library phone number is 360.417.8500x2. You may press 2 at any time during the greeting to be transferred to library staff during the open phone hours.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To help slow the spread of the coronavirus, beginning Tuesday, March 17, all NOLS facilities will be closed. At this time, the Library is not setting a time period for this temporary closure, or a date when the libraries will reopen to the public. The Library will evaluate regularly and make decisions based on the current situation, recommendations from public health and government leaders, and the Library’s commitment to our communities.

Hoopla Bonus Borrows

In order to provide relief to Libraries and to provide more content to Patrons during this difficult time of sheltering at home, hoopla Digital has curated the hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection.

This list of more than 1,000 top titles will be FREE – PLUS each Patron will be debited ZERO Borrows when they borrow any of the included titles! The Collection will be free to Libraries and Patrons through 5/31/20.

North Olympic Library System Director Announces Retirement

The Board of the North Olympic Library System has announced that Library Director Margaret Jakubcin plans to retire in the summer of 2020. “My thirteen-year journey with NOLS has been a remarkable adventure, full of many personal and professional satisfactions, as well as some painful defeats,” said Jakubcin. “I am proud to have been a part of this organization’s growth and transformation, and honored to have served alongside NOLS’ hardworking, creative, and caring staff.”

NOLS will be conducting a nationwide recruitment to select the next Library Director.

Blackstone Publishing Boycott

Effective August 1, 2019, North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has joined 45 Washington libraries in boycotting Blackstone Publishing’s eAudiobooks. The boycott is in protest of Blackstone business practices that create barriers for library patrons and impact library collections and budgets.

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.

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