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Clallam commissioners will consider adopting a pair of resolutions that would ask voters to create a taxing district to fund the $13.3 million expansion of the North Olympic Library System’s Sequim branch. After hearing a presentation from the North Olympic Library System’s director, Margaret Jakubcin, Clallam County Commissioner Mark Ozias asked for the board of commissioners to consider the resolutions during its upcoming July 3 meeting.
Months of planning, community outreach and architectural design toward expansion, the Sequim Library got its stamp of approval from its elected board last week. The North Olympic Library System’s board of trustees voted May 9 to approve putting a $12.4 million bond proposal on the November ballot to fund expansion of the 6,050-square-foot Sequim Library to a 17,000-square-foot facility.
Now, 35 years later, the Sequim Branch Library is bursting at the seams, with community members again looking at ways to address the squeeze. It’s been an acknowledged problem for at least 20 years, and the library is actively working on a solution through the Sequim Library Expansion Project which is currently concluding Phase 2 (Conceptual Design).
The discussion about a Sequim Library expansion has moved a step forward in the past week, with the NOLS Board of Trustees agreeing unanimously in favor of building a whole new library over a remodel of the existing building. The architect estimates the cost of a remodel at a little over 10 million dollars for 17,000 square feet, and a little under 11 million for a new building of the same size, or a difference of only about ten percent.
A proposed expansion of the Sequim Library could go before voters this November depending on a special meeting of the North Olympic Library System’s trustees next week.
Margaret Jakubcin, director of the North Olympic Library System — which oversees public libraries in Sequim, Port Angeles, Forks and Clallam Bay — detailed the library system’s plans to address overcrowding to NOLS board members Thursday.
The North Olympic Library System’s board of trustees unanimously agreed last Thursday, Feb. 22, with an ad hoc committee’s recommendation to pursue all-new construction — rather than a major remodel — as it looks into expanding the facility at 630 N. Sequim Ave.
On Feb. 22, the North Olympic Library System’s board of trustees unanimously agreed with an ad hoc committee’s recommendation to pursue all new construction — rather than a major remodel — as it looks into expanding the facilty off of North Sequim Avenue.
Officials with the North Olympic Library System are closing in on a plan that would, assuming local support through a ballot measure, change the face of the well-used Sequim Library.
Friendly. Busy. Cozy. Crowded. These are a few of the words that have been used to describe the current Sequim Library facility. The branch was originally built in 1983 when US Highway 101 traveled through downtown Sequim on Washington Street and the population of Sequim and surrounding area was a fraction of what it is today.
Representatives with the North Olympic Library System, NOLS, and SHKS Architects host another community engagement project overview.
A conceptual design open house for the Sequim Library expansion project will be held Monday, Nov. 6, from 4-6 p.m.
Summer brings many visitors to this paradise on the Olympic Peninsula that many of us are lucky enough to call home. A good number of folks new to town stop by the library to get information, directions for exploring the area or to use the public computers to access email or print a boarding pass before heading back home.
The Sequim Library: To a newcomer, it may seem a hip, bustling restaurant with servers, chefs and hosts choreographing magical meals for hungry patrons, queuing up at the door. But this welcoming, unique space has a long history and the magic took hard work from many friends.