May 20, 2022

Washington: Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Directors Adopts 2016-2025 Capital Facilities Plan

From the Everett Herald:

More than 6,000 comments later, Sno-Isle Libraries has its marching orders.

The board of trustees of the regional 21-library system adopted a plan early this week that calls for building new libraries and expanding, renovating and maintaining older ones. The 10-year plan is largely a statement of library building needs with no guarantee there’ll be the money to do the work.

Yet the document underscores the demand for library services. It calls for replacing the Arlington, Lake Stevens and Stanwood libraries deemed too small to meet current needs let alone anticipated growth. Mill Creek is identified for renovation.


Sno-Isle’s 10-year plan calls for adding what’s called a “library demonstration project” in the Mariner area early in 2017. That could mean a library in leased space staffed with Sno-Isle librarians. The library system is looking for donors and foundations to help with leasing costs.

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Full Text: Sno-Isle Libraries 2016-2025 Capital Facilities Plan (98 pages; PDF)

Full Text: Public Library Facilities for the Future (Nationwide Review/Report Commissioned by Sno-Isle Libraries)

2016-2025 Capital Facilities Plan Web Site

Op-Ed by Pamela Nyberg Kiesner, Director of the Bellingham Public Library (via Bellingham Herald)

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