News & Alerts2021-11-15T07:29:32-08:00

Library Notice

Masks are required for all patrons and staff. Learn more about available services, hours and the Library’s COVID-19 response here.

Clallam Bay Branch Library – Emergency Response

Water access has been restored to residents of Clallam Bay. All water samples have come back satisfactory. The Clallam Bay Boil Water Advisory is being lifted, effective immediately. Water is now drinkable and can be used for all other purposes. Due to the storms that may occur between November 24 and November 30, supplies and additional bottled water are on standby at the Clallam Bay Library if needed.

Discovery Tool Request for Proposals

The North Olympic Library System requests proposals for a discovery tool. The proposed software, Discovery Tool, will better help customers explore the wide variety of resources and services offered by NOLS. This Request for Proposal is directed to companies that offer a software-based solution which will meet NOLS’ needs.

The full Request For Proposals (RFP) can be found here.

Sequim Branch Library Request for Proposals

The North Olympic Library System requests proposals for architectural, engineering, and related services for the design and construction of an expanded and renovated Sequim Branch Library. The services required may include, but are not limited to, architectural; structural; mechanical; electrical; interior design and project management.

The full Request For Proposals (RFP) can be found here.

More information about the Sequim Library Capital Project can be found here.

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.

Clallam Transit bus passes available at the Clallam Bay Branch

Clallam Transit monthly bus passes are available for purchase at the Clallam Bay Branch Library. This partnership between the North Olympic Library System and Clallam Transit promotes access to services and bus routes in Clallam Bay and the northwest region of Clallam County. For available passes and fairs learn more here.

Call for Artists

NOLS is seeking to hire an artist to design a graphic for the Summer Reading Challenge T-shirt to be used during the 2021 Summer Reading Program. Local artists from the North Olympic Peninsula are encouraged to apply! Deadline for Application Submission is Friday, March 26. Click here for full details and application process.

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.

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 during library curbside hours. Signing up for a library card is free and can be completed during Curbside Service hours.

NOLS Grab Bag

Miss browsing the collection? Request a NOLS Grab Bag! Each bag will contain up to 10 items selected by library staff and will be available for pickup via curbside service.

Brainfuse JobNow

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!

Brainfuse HelpNow

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.

Free Mask Distribution

Free masks are now available at all NOLS branches while supplies last.

“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.

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