NOLS Grab Bag

Beginning July 24, North Olympic Library System patrons can request a Grab Bag on the library’s website. Each bag will contain up to 10 hand-picked items from the library’s collection that patrons can pick up during curbside checkout. Patrons should allow up to two business days for their request to be processed; automatic holds notifications will be sent when items are ready for pickup. The new service will be available during regular curbside service hours at all four branches.

“We know that patrons miss the experience of browsing the Library’s shelves,” commented Library Director Noah Glaude. “The NOLS Grab Bag service is a way that we can get books, a lot of them brand new, and other materials sitting on the shelves into the hands of patrons who need or want them. Hopefully patrons will discover new titles they normally wouldn’t have picked up on their own.”

The service differs from the library’s BookMatch program, which offers customized book suggestions for patrons based on their reading preferences. The NOLS Grab Bag program is designed to emulate browsing. Patrons utilizing the NOLS Grab Bag service will receive up to 10 items from a collection within the library (i.e., romances, cookbooks, or picture books). Patrons who want more specialized recommendations can submit their requests through the BookMatch program.

For more information on this or other library programs, checkout the library’s website at or contact the library at 360.417.8500 or