10 Best Libraries in Washington State

If knowledge is power, then public libraries are the places to go when you need to feel empowered. Even though there are unique features about each one of the best libraries in the states listed here, they all have one common mission—to serve as a community gathering space for volunteer activities, research, studying, and more. Here are the best libraries in the state. 

Seattle Central Library, Seattle, WA

Listed as one of the most beautiful library buildings in the country, the Seattle Central Library is 11 stories of glass and steel. But this library is so much more than what it’s made of. It’s all about what’s inside. Connected to 26 branches throughout the city and surrounding area, if you can’t find what you want here, it can’t be found. 

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Orcas Island Public Library, Orcas Island, WA

Sponsored reading groups, interlibrary loans, collections, online resources, and other services are available to the general public at the Orcas Island Public Library. Locals and out-of-town visitors can connect to free Wi-Fi to find an article of interest, a great new recipe and everything in between. A popular community center, this library gets good grades for friendly service. 

Denny Ashby Library, Pomeroy, WA

You’ll have an endless resource for lifelong learning when you visit the Denny Ashby Library in Pomeroy. Promoting literacy for everyone, this library is a key source of community information, and one place you don’t want to miss. You can ask a question online or by phone, and they have homebound delivery available for those who can’t get out. 

Weller Public Library, Waitsburg, WA

Located in the sleepy little town of Waitsburg, Washington, Weller Public Library is a special find. Not only is this the central repository of education books and materials, it’s a community hub and dynamic resources for area residents. Largely funded by activities in the city, they have a nice selection of books, tapes, computers for public use, and other resources for those who love knowledge. 

Washington Talking Book and Braille Library, Seattle, WA

Specializing in library materials and services for the sight-impaired, Washington Talking Book and Braille Library in Seattle is an amazing resource, bringing the world to your fingertips…literally. Besides assistive services, the public is welcome and encouraged to visit WTBBL and see the different departments and radio station. Definitely worth the visit. 

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Reardan Memorial Library, Reardon, WA

Curious about how the Earth was made? Need to learn more about Paleo diets? Want to research the grants available for college? You can find it all here at the Reardan Memorial Library. If they don’t have what you need, they can order it through the inter-library loan system. It’s a great place to encourage learning.

Upper Skagit Library, Concrete, WA

To say this public library is a solid source of knowledge is more than just a play on the city where it’s located. Serving more than 5,000 patrons in this beautiful part of Washington, the Upper Skagit Library has books, programs, and events that will ignite your love of learning. Need a place to recycle your old cell phone, ink cartridges, and other electronics? Call for details. 

Roslyn Public Library, Roslyn, WA

The source for local history, great events, and general information, Roslyn Public Library promotes life-long learning. Check out their special collections featuring pioneer women of the West and the photo and video collections. Oh, and grab some books while you’re there. 

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Puyallup Public Library, Puyallup, WA

With a mission to bring knowledge to the folks in the surrounding area, the Puyallup Public Library go to great lengths to accomplish that goal. With a great line-up of events for kids and adults, they have world newspapers, so you can keep up on what’s happening around the world. They also have a special café designed for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, and downloadable books for those who can’t make it to the library in person. 

Enumclaw Public Library, Enumclaw, WA

Need a place to gather with your friends? The Enumclaw Public Library has meeting rooms open to the public, computers and free Wi-Fi, a fax machine, copier and scanning services, and more. Check out the local history items, and the international language materials available, too. 

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