Over the years, a number of different library committees, advisory committees, and community groups have explored potential solutions to the problem of the undersized and outdated Sequim Branch. Unfortunately, for one reason or another, none of these endeavors ultimately evolved into a viable plan.

Mindful of these past disappointments, in 2014, NOLS initiated a deliberately paced, community-involved planning project. Phased planning allowed the Library to commit resources responsibly, solve problems incrementally, maximize community involvement, provide preliminary opportunities to test the waters of public opinion; and to proceed with planning while allowing the community to work on other capital funding issues of concern to the community.