Agreements with other libraries allow Pierce County residents to use neighboring libraries.
• Supports growth and curiosity.
• Prepares preschoolers to learn.
• Promotes school and career success.
• Strengthens skills and knowledge.
• Helps you enjoy your free time.
• Inspires imagination.
• Fosters love of reading.
• Creates opportunities to discover.
• Connects and strengthens communities.
• Brings people together.
• Activates communities with welcoming buildings and online spaces.
• Connects people with information and community resources.
• Print and audio books
• Magazines, music, movies
• Book clubs
• Museum passes
Job + Business
• Expert help
• Business workshops
• E-sources and online tools
• Computers, laptops, Wi-Fi
• Printers, copiers, fax machines
• Technology classes and certifications
• Catalog of books and materials
• Downloadable e-books, audiobooks, magazines
• Buying guides, auto repair, coding, genealogy, investing
• Real-time homework tutors and job coaches
Kids & Family
• School readiness
• Science to Go
• Block play
• Homework help
• Online reservations
• AV equipment
Summer minutes read – 17 million
Books/materials checked out – 5,918,248
From shelves – 4,416,625
From online e-books and audiobooks – 1,456,625
From online e-sources – 1,485,579
Public Computer Sessions - 330,684
Wi-Fi Sessions - 907,414
Visits – 3,867,493
To 20 libraries – 2,090,412
To websites and online services – 1,777,081
Event and class attendance – 115,045
Books, movies and other materials in the system – 1,087,518
Physical materials – 860,834
Online/downloadable materials – 226,684
Adult care facilities, child care centers and homebound people served – 240
Employees (Full-Time Equivalent) – 291
Volunteer hours – 3,931
Pierce County Library System serves all of unincorporated Pierce County and the annexed cities and towns of Bonney Lake, Buckley, DuPont, Eatonville, Edgewood, Fife, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Milton, Orting, South Prairie, Steilacoom, Sumner, University Place and Wilkeson.
Population of service area – 614,000
Service area size – 1,800 square miles
Total 2019 general fund revenue is estimated at $35,610,187.
Property taxes provide 94% of the funds for library services. By state law, library systems may collect up to 50 cents per $1,000 of a property's assessed value.
The 2019 tax rate is 42.94 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.
Established as an independent municipal corporation established under the Revised Code of Washington 27.12.
Operates as a junior taxing district funded from a separate property tax levy.
Overseen by a volunteer board of trustees appointed and approved by Pierce County.
Chair: Robert Allen
Vice Chair: Daren Jones
Donna Albers (Jan.-July 2019)
Jamilyn Penn (Aug. 2019-present)
Tel: 253-548-3300 Fax: 253-537-4600 Washington Relay TTY: 711
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