Sequim Future Library Project – FAQ2019-03-01T09:29:05-08:00
Sequim Library Project FAQ

Sequim Future Library Project FAQ

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  The Branch is undersized for the current and growing population of almost 30,000, and the building infrastructure is outdated.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

Unless you own property located in the City of Port Angeles your taxes did not support the 1998 expansion of the Main Library, which is located in Port Angeles.  Those bonds and levies were approved and paid for only by Port Angeles residents.  In addition to providing library service in Port Angeles, the Main Library also houses many resources, departments, and functions that support library service at the other three NOLS branches, including Sequim.  The Port Angeles Library bonds were paid off and retired in 2015.

Will more staff be hired if a new building is built?2018-08-17T10:39:04-07:00

In many ways the existing building is quite inefficient to run, because it is not designed for 21st century services, and the crowded conditions and lack of storage space prevent effective work flows.  An absolute requirement of the Future Library design was that it must support efficient and cost effective operation, and not include any design elements (such as a second floor or other separated library space) that would unnecessarily increase staffing requirements.  The new building is functionally designed for effective workflow and energy efficiency. The single story design and clear sight lines make it easier for staff to monitor activities throughout the building from the centrally located customer service desk.

That said, if a new and larger library is constructed, it will be used more, which will most likely increase staffing requirements.  In planning for the Sequim Branch Future Library project NOLS has anticipated these associated operating cost increases.  Read more.

Can’t you make the project cheaper?2018-08-15T17:07:56-07:00

NOLS believes the community should have the opportunity to vote on funding the library it asked for.  The conceptual plan reflects the library that the community envisioned through a series of public input activities.  Expert cost estimating was applied to the conceptual plan to determine the project costs, and develop the funding plan.  A cheaper project would not be the project the community envisioned.

Why do communities still bother building or expanding libraries? Hasn’t the internet made libraries a thing of the past?2018-08-15T17:08:21-07:00

Numerous studies, well supported in Clallam County by local usage data, confirm that public libraries continue to be a strong and vital component of their communities.  Libraries have adapted well to a changing society, and continue to meet community needs in new and innovative ways, including internet access, digital resources, help with internet navigation, and tech skills training.  Books and reading also remain as popular as ever, and libraries as community hubs that nurture social connection, in an increasingly virtual world, are highly valued.  Despite the changing face of library service roles, library buildings remain essential to the library’s ability to meet community needs and expectations, and will continue to do so in the future.

Why are libraries so expensive to build?2018-08-15T17:08:41-07:00