Port Angeles Main Library converts to LED lights for energy efficiency
To improve energy efficiency, the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) upgraded interior and exterior lighting at the Port Angeles Main Library in early 2023.
Meeting Rooms Reopening: Port Angeles, Forks & Clallam Bay
After a two-year hiatus, Library meeting rooms in Forks, Clallam Bay, and Port Angeles are open for reservations again. Sequim’s meeting room remains unavailable at this time, due to space constraints.
Meeting rooms can be reserved 90 days in advance. All reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis and should be made at least one week in advanced but no later than 24 hours prior to the event. No walk-in reservations are allowed. Visit nols.org/room-reserve to learn more or to reserve a meeting room.
Digital Magazines Now Available at NOLS
Library card holders can now digitally borrow thousands of popular magazines through the Library’s website or through the Libby app.
Email Scam Warning
The North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has been made aware of several instances of local residents receiving emails incorrectly stating a person owes money to the Library. These emails are SPAM and no one should click on the links provided within them, or reply to the sender. These emails were phishing attacks and not associated with NOLS in any way.
NOLS Opens for In-Library Browsing
Following updated guidance from the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan, NOLS can offer limited in-library service up to 25% capacity in Phase 1 and 2, and 50% capacity in Phase 3. On March 1, NOLS began offering limited in-library service. Curbside Service remains the primary mode of service. NOLS will continue to prioritize patron and staff safety during the pandemic, following public health guidelines closely.
Bookmobile Call for Bids
Bid submissions are open for the sale of a new library bookmobile vehicle to the North Olympic Library System. Sealed bids will be received by the Library Director of the North Olympic Library System until 4:00PM (PST), Thursday, February 11, 2021. Bids will be opened and read at that time in the administration conference room, Port Angeles Main Library, 2210 S. Peabody Street, Port Angeles, Washington 98362.
The full Request For Proposals (RFP) can be found here.
Laptops Available for Checkout
NOLS now has laptop computers available for checkout. Laptops are available for a 3-hour loan period, for use on library property. The laptops automatically connect to NOLS Wi-Fi (and do not connect to any other network). Laptops are available to NOLS cardholders on a first-come, first-served basis.
New NOLS online resource launched!
JobNow is a versatile online service designed to support every step of the job search process. JobNow features live online coaches who assist in resume/cover letter preparation, job interview help, and more!
New NOLS online resource launched!
HelpNow is a live online tutoring service designed to help with K-12 subjects, provide writing support and access to practice exams for ACT, SAT, GED, US Citizenship Test and more. Assistance is available in English and Spanish.
“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 Board of Trustees Appoints Next Director
The Board of Trustees of the North Olympic Library System (NOLS) has appointed Noah Glaude to be the next Executive Director. Glaude has been Assistant Director at NOLS since May of 2016. Glaude will succeed Margaret Jakubcin, who will retire in July.
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.
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.