Sequim Library Capital Project

Sequim Library Expansion and Renovation

NOLS is working to renovate and expand the Sequim Branch Library! When complete, the project will help improve critical infrastructure including ADA-accessible bathrooms, expanded community access to broadband and computers, and create adequate office space and room for educational, cultural and civic events.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued June 8, 2021 for an architect to design the renovation and expansion. An architect will be selected in August 2021.

Below is an approximate timeline once an architect is selected:
  • Fall 2021 – Programming and Schematic Design Work Begins
  • Winter 2021 – Design Development Begins
  • Spring 2022 – Construction Documents Created
  • Summer 2022 – Construction Bidding
  • Fall 2022 – Construction Begins

  • Spring 2023 – Construction Complete
The proposed project will add approximately 2,000 sq/ft to the existing 6,000 sq/ft building. The exact size will depend on the final design and budget.

This expansion project will be significantly smaller than the 17,000 sq/ft new building design that was proposed as part of the failed 2018 bond measure.

The final design has not yet been determined. Conceptual plans developed by SHKS Architects in June 2020 give an idea of what an 8,000 sq/ft building could look like, but they are only conceptual. The final design could look very different. It will not look like the 17,000 sq/ft new building design that was part of the proposed 2018 bond measure that failed.

Specific project costs are unknown at this time and will depend on a number of factors, including cost of building materials, labor and final design. The conceptual plans that library staff developed with SHKS Architects in June 2020 for an expanded and renovated Sequim Branch Library had an estimated project cost of $4.8 million.

In June 2020, NOLS applied for the Library Capital Improvement Program Grant administered by the Washington State Department of Commerce. The application was made with the goal of correcting pressing facility issues at the Sequim Branch Library, issues which have been exacerbated by the effects of COVID-19. In October 2020, NOLS was notified that its application was selected as a recommended project, ranked 5th out of 33 applications, with recommendation for full funding of the project.

On May 18, 2021, Governor Inslee signed HB1080 – the Washington State 2021-23 Capital Budget, which includes $2 million in matching funds for the Library Capital Improvement Program grant for the Sequim Branch Library. The Capital Budget passed both the House and Senate in April, and the Governor’s signature on the budget bill was the final step in the approval process.

The Department of Commerce will administer the Library Capital Improvement Program grant and will begin making funds available, on a reimbursement basis, in July 2021.

In order to meet the match requirement of the Library Capital Improvement Program grant, on May 27, 2021, the NOLS Board of Trustees passed Resolution 21-05-03, authorizing the transfer of $2 million from the NOLS Capital Reserve account to the Sequim Capital Project account.

NOLS will seek additional grant opportunities and conduct community fundraising efforts to provide additional project funding needs beyond the combined $4 million from the grant and transfer from reserves.

Donate to the Project
Staff Report on Grant Application
Funds Transfer Resolution for Sequim Library Expansion and Renovation
Request for Proposals
Info about Past Efforts to Expand the Sequim Library