Library to close for inventory, Aug. 14-16

The San Juan Island Library will be closed to the public August 14-16 for an inventory of its collection.

The 3-day closure corresponds with the dates of the county Fair, which has historically been a slow time of the year at the library.

Book-drops will be closed temporarily and books returned during the closure may not be checked in until Monday, Aug. 19. The library asks that those with books or other check-out items to return to refrain from doing so until after the inventory is completed.

The library last did a complete inventory in 2006. The upcoming inventory is expected to allow time for staff to electronically scan each item in the library and to help correct numerous errors that resulted a year ago following a switch to a new software program.

The library maintains 110 different collection areas, such as adult fiction, teen fiction and easy fiction, and a total collection of more than 58,000 individual items, including books, CDs, DVDs and maps.

In addition to its collections of materials to loan, the library also provides public access computers and WiFi. The library web site provides consumer, financial and academic information, language learning, and test preparation to account holders from any location with internet access.

The library website will be fully operational during the closure to provide online access to information resources. Library cards are free to island residents with proof of residency.

For more information, contact the library, 378-2798, or visit



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