Sequim’s Future Library Project2019-03-05T14:01:16-08:00
Sequim’s Future Library Project

About the Future Library Project

In November 2018, a bond measure that would have supported construction of a new and larger Sequim Branch failed to meet the 60% majority required for passage. Read more about the ballot outcomes…

At their February 2019 meeting, the NOLS Board of Trustees reviewed election and other project considerations and discussed next steps. The project was placed on hold until at least 2021, to allow time for NOLS to work on other initiatives, and for the community support base to strengthen. Read more

There were two ballot measures on the November 6, 2018 ballot. Approval of both measures was necessary to support funding for a new and larger library. Only one measure was approved. Read more about the ballot measures. . .

The current Sequim Branch was built in 1983 to serve a population of approximately 14,000. Now serving a population of around 30,000, the Sequim library is still only 6000 square feet small.

Since 2014 a larger, modern library for Sequim has been a top priority for NOLS. Significant time and funds have been expended toward project planning, community engagement, and ballot measure development. Sadly, in November 2018, a bond measure that would have supported construction of a new and larger Sequim Branch narrowly failed to meet the 60% majority required for passage.

The cramped and outdated Sequim Branch remains a pressing concern for NOLS, but after careful consideration of many factors, the Board ultimately decided to step back from active work on the Sequim Future Library project until at least 2021.


NOLS wants to build the Sequim Branch that reflects the community’s vision of your Future Library. Community involvement NOLS has participated in or hosted numerous public events, ranging from informational presentations to hands-on interactive design workshops.

NOLS has also stayed closely connected to community partners and other local agencies, and fielded multiple community-based taskforces and committees in connection with the planning project. NOLS staff, particularly the Sequim Branch staff, have been involved in planning, as have other Library stakeholders.


NOLS and SHKS Architects worked with the community on needs assessment and conceptual planning. The community’s vision for the Future Library is reflected in the building program, site plan, schematic floor plan, and conceptual images prepared by the architects.

The new library is sized to eliminate current crowding and support growth well into the future. It includes key design elements that the community said were essential.

Click here for the complete report on conceptual planning.


As a part of conceptual planning, detailed construction cost estimates were prepared. These estimates were used to determine the level of project funding required. The estimated total cost of the library project is approximately $13,400,000.

Financing for the Future Library will include funds from NOLS’ capital reserves ($1,000,000) and, if the November 2018 ballot propositions are approved by voters, tax supported bonds of up to ($12,400,000).

Additional funds received through local fundraising, gifts, and donations will be used to further enhance the basic design.

Why is a bigger library needed?2018-08-16T11:42:10-07:00

The Sequim Branch was built in 1983, to serve a population of around 14,000.  The Branch is undersized for the current and growing population of almost 30,000, and the building infrastructure is outdated. There has been a generally acknowledged need for a larger, modern library for at least two decades.  Read more about the project background.

What will the new library have that the existing library doesn’t?2018-08-16T09:46:50-07:00

The new building will be a 21st century library, designed and built to be sustainable, operationally efficient, and adaptable for decades to come.  The new library will include more space for everything: books, technology, seating, tables, programs, and events.  More space also allows for separation between social and quiet activities, and functional design that supports operational efficiency.  Children, families, teens, tweens and people of all ages, will have access to facilities and spaces that support their age related needs and interests.

What are “21st century library services?”2018-08-16T09:48:55-07:00

In recent decades the information world has shifted from physical to virtual, individual to community, collections to creation, archival to portal, and public libraries have transformed themselves to meet these social and technological changes.  The expression “21st century library service” refers to the evolving way libraries provide innovative resources and services to meet modern needs for education, information, and personal development.  A 21st century library utilizes the latest technology, circulates eBooks and downloadables, loans e-devices, and provides technology support and hands-on individual instruction in tech skills.

At the same time, the 21st century library responds to changing social relationships and expectations by playing an increasingly important role as a community hub, nurturing hands-on exploration and creation, and supporting real social connection — in an increasingly virtual world.

How busy is the Sequim Branch Library?2018-08-17T11:08:44-07:00

The Sequim Branch is a busy place.  Although it is five times smaller than the Main Library in Port Angeles, Sequim Branch use statistics for checkout, customer visits, and community meeting room use are surprisingly comparable.  Comparative usage data for all the NOLS branches is published in the Board Packet each month, which can be found on the library’s webpage.

What services can I get from NOLS?2018-08-16T11:45:50-07:00

Free access to public computers, books, community meeting rooms, WiFi, iPads for borrowing, internet access, art exhibits, training in media literacy, coding, robotics, MOS certification testing,, volunteer opportunities, help with online job searching, copies, printing, auto repair info, telescopes, tax forms, reading support, teacher support, storytimes, literacy, percussion kits, free National Park passes, deliveries to the homebound, and so much more. . .

Click here for a look at the many services available.

How is NOLS funded?2018-08-16T11:47:36-07:00

NOLS is a Library Tax District as defined by RCW 27.12.  The majority of NOLS’ operating revenues come from property taxes.  Much smaller funding sources include timber excise taxes, donations, grants, investment interest, fines and fees.  Read more about NOLS’ budget and levy.

What are we voting on?2018-08-17T10:29:04-07:00

In November 2018 voters in the area served by the Sequim Branch Library will have the opportunity to approve or reject two ballot propositions to support construction of a new, larger library.

Proposition No. 1 creates the Sequim Library Capital Facility Area (SLCFA) tax district.

Proposition No. 2 finances the project by approving bonds and tax levies.

Who will vote?2018-08-15T16:01:49-07:00

Registered voters in the proposed SLCFA tax district will have the opportunity to vote. The SLCFA district encompasses the area of Clallam County served by the Sequim Branch Library – extending from the county line on the east to Blue Mountain Road on the west.

When is the election?2018-08-15T16:02:23-07:00

2018 general election ballots will be mailed on October 17.  Ballots are due on Election Day, November 6.

How do I register to vote?2018-08-16T10:25:25-07:00

Click here for information on how to register to vote.  The last day to register is October 9, 2018.

What will the ballot language look like?2018-08-15T16:36:50-07:00

Click here to read the ballot measures.

What’s an LCFA?2018-08-16T10:27:00-07:00

A Library Capital Facilities Area (LCFA) is the method Washington State law provides for funding a public library capital improvement project through property taxes.  An LCFA can be used only for financing the construction of the library capital facility.  A library capital facility includes land, buildings, site improvements, equipment, furnishings, collections, financing, design, construction, equipping, remodeling and all necessary costs related to acquisition.  Once a library capital facility is paid off, the LCFA is dissolved.  Read more about NOLS LCFA decision process here.

What happens if ballot measures pass?2018-08-15T16:39:40-07:00

Voting YES for both propositions means:

What happens if either ballot measure does not pass?2018-08-15T16:39:05-07:00

Voting NO for either proposition means:

How much will the new library cost?2018-08-17T11:00:29-07:00

The estimated total cost of the library project is approximately $13,400,000.

Project funding includes $1,000,000 from NOLS’ reserves.  Read more.

Proposition No. 2 authorizes issuance of 21-year bonds for up to $12,400,000, and    property tax levies to repay those bonds.

How much will it cost taxpayers?2018-08-15T16:40:52-07:00

Estimated costs per household (in 2020):

$250,000 home = $4.84/mo = $58.12/yr

$300,000 home = $5.81/mo = $69.74/yr

$350,000 home = $6.78/mo = $81.37/yr

(Based on assessed value of property)

How long will the tax increase last?2018-08-15T16:41:26-07:00

The bonds will be authorized for up to twenty-one years.

Will the tax rate for the building bond be the same every year?2018-08-15T17:06:58-07:00

No.  It will vary somewhat year to year, dependent on the assessed valuation of the property, and other factors.

Are there any exemptions to the proposed property tax?2018-08-16T10:32:46-07:00

The State of Washington has a property tax exemption program.  The program is available to taxpayers who are, on December 31 of the year before the taxes are due, at least 61 years of age or older; OR retired from regular gainful employment by reason of disability; OR a veteran of the armed forces of the United States entitled to receiving compensation from the US Department of Veteran Affairs at a total disability rating for a service connected disability.

How much is the Library contributing to this capital project?2018-08-15T16:50:00-07:00

The NOLS Board of Trustees has designated use of up to $1,000,000 from Library reserves to supplement bond funds, if the ballot measures are approved.  This amount represents approximately half of the reserve funds NOLS has set aside to support capital projects and maintenance at all NOLS facilities.  NOLS will also support collection expansion using operating and gift funds.

Didn’t we already vote for a new library in 2010?2018-08-17T11:04:48-07:00

You may be remembering the 2010 “levy lid lift,” which was about library operations and services, not a library building.  In 2010 citizens county-wide voted to restore NOLS’ operating levy, which had eroded over time to 33¢/$1000 of Assessed Valuation, to the 50¢/$1000 originally approved in 1978.  The 2018 Sequim LCFA vote is specifically about funding a new branch library building in Sequim, and only voters living in the area served by the Sequim Branch Library will have the opportunity to vote.

Didn’t I already pay for the expansion of the Port Angeles Library?2018-08-15T16:51:00-07:00