Forks pocket library to shutter for move to renovated building

Peninsula Daily News

FORKS — The Forks Library’s small pocket library in the West End Business and Technology Center will close Saturday for a move back to its now-renovated permanent facility.

It will reopen Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 171 S. Forks Ave. after an extensive five-month, $835,000 renovation.

A grand opening is set from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.

The renovation by general contractor Hoch Construction of Port Angeles includes a new roof, heating/ventilation system, wall and floor coverings, and insulated windows.

A conference room has been added. Restrooms have been renovated. The meeting room has been upgraded, and new technology will include an express-checkout station.

The project architect is Jerry Schlie of Beaver.

About 80 percent of the funding, $660,000, is from the North Olympic Library System — which oversees public libraries in Clallam Bay, Port Angeles and Sequim, as well as Forks — including more than $400,000 from timber/forest products revenue.

The balance has been raised by the community with the leadership of the Forks Friends of the Library, the library system said.

Temporary library

Since June, the library has offered limited, temporary services at the West End Business and Technology Center, or ICN Building, at 71 N. Spartan Ave.

During the closure, patrons may return borrowed items to any of the other public libraries in the North Olympic Library System.

Materials also may be renewed by visiting and clicking on “My Account”.

The Friends of the Library are seeking donations to cover the cost of building enhancements, such as new window blinds and book display accessories.

For more information, including how to make a contribution, contact the Forks Library at 360-374-6402 or, or visit

Last modified: November 07. 2013 5:42PM
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