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The Orcas Island Library District is seeking a new trustee to begin serving Jan. 1, 2015. The length of the term is five years.

The board is composed of five members who have the charge of planning the direction of the library services, making sure those policies comply with laws, and overseeing the library’s expenditure of funds. Additionally, the trustees have the exciting task of working together on the Orcas Island Library Building Expansion Project: Books and Beyond.

The Board will begin reviewing applications Tuesday, October 14, 2014. The Board will continue to accept letters of interest and resumes or other statements of experience..


Serving on the library board requires a passion and talent for teamwork, along with a belief in the importance of public libraries. We are interested in attracting individuals who enjoying learning with and from each other. New trustees bring new ideas and new ideas will bring continuing inspiration and energy to Orcas’s top-notch library board.

As the trustees’ handbook states, “Throughout our nation’s history, the public library has offered free and equal access to the collected knowledge, information, and history of our culture.” Serving as a trustee for the Orcas Island Library District enables an individual to contribute to an institution that is available for everyone.

If you are interested in serving as a library trustee, contact Phil Heikkinen, Director 376-4985 and he will guide you through the application process.

friends store

The Friends of the Orcas Island Library has merchandise for sale*. Merchandise is available for purchase in the Library.

  • Canvas Bags: $15
  • Mugs: $15
  • Hats: $12
  • Bumper Stickers: $2.50

And, of course ... paperbacks ($1) and hardbound books ($2) in the Library lobby.

*All proceeds from the sale of merchandise help to further the mission and activities of the Friends of the Orcas Island Library.

Testing & Education Reference Center

The Testing & Education Reference Center is a start-to-finish resource with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape the rest of your life.

  • Over 300 practice tests and courses
  • Dozens of ebooks containing valuable study material and practice tests
  • Information on over 4,000 accredited schools
  • Scholarship search featuring $8 billion in available scholarships
  • Resume builder with over 1,000 brainstorming phrases to get you started
  • Career modules covering subjects from career change to salary negotiations

To access the Testing & Education Reference Center you will need your entire 14-digit Orcas Island Library card number. Using this resource from your computer outside the Library requires a password. The password is orcas.

Follow the link to begin using the Testing & Education Reference Center.

welcome to the redesigned website

We've redesigned the website! First: to get back to the home page simply click on the logo, as before, or click on the little house in the menu bar. Second: no more scrolling to the bottom of the page to find things! Now, by using the drop-down menu above, you can find the information you seek. Third: the red log-in button takes you to the new catalog, where a pop-up window will prompt you for your 14-digit library card number and your PIN [still the same numbers you've used before]. Fourth: if you get lost, you can go to the index page, which lists all the pages in the website.

The links to the catalog on the Library's website will take you to a separate website, and will open in a new browser window. It is recommended you use Google Chrome as your browser when accessing the Library's catalog.

ask orcas

Have you ever wondered where you or a friend can go for help with medical or mental health concerns? Or where to go to sign up for Food Stamps? Or how to fill out a disability claim? Sometimes, when we need help the most, it is hard to know where to turn.

Ask Orcas is a new collaborative program staffed by a team of skilled volunteers, trained to navigate available programs and services available on Orcas and surrounding areas. Volunteers will be available in person to assist with identifying opportunities, completing applications, and making connections to needed supports.

Starting on October 1st, Ask Orcas will be at the Orcas Public Library on Sundays from Noon-3 pm, at the Community Church on Tuesdays from 11-3, and at the Senior Center on Fridays from 11-3. There is no fee for service, no income qualification, and all client information is confidential. Or, call Ask Orcas- 376-7676- to connect to a volunteer advocate to help Orcas Islanders navigate the programs serving the Orcas community.


Ask Orcas is a 6 month pilot program of the Orcas Island Community Foundation (OICF), developed in response to the results from our last community needs assessment; specifically, that a key barrier to getting needed supports was not knowing who to ask for help. With over 100 nonprofits and faith based organizations providing services, it is challenging at times to know who to turn to for a specific issue, or how to navigate between different services needed to address a larger issue. Ask Orcas will help steer people in the right direction. It will also help OICF, and the community at large, learn what the most pressing needs are for community members and where gaps and overlaps in available services exist.

For more information or to contact a volunteer, call 376-7676.

nancy pearl's reading list

Nancy Pearl spoke on Orcas Island on Wednesday, July 16th. She offered her thoughts on scores of books to engage your mind this coming year. Nancy's approach to enjoying reading is the "Rule of 50" which states "If you still don't like a book after slogging through the first 50 pages, set it aside. If you're more than 50 years old, subtract your age from 100 and only grant it that many pages."

Here is a list of reading Nancy recommended at her talk on Orcas Island this summer. Enjoy!

microsoft it academy

Microsoft IT Academy program provides industry-leading technology skills to help bridge the skills gap.

Microsoft IT Academy provides digital curriculum and certifications on fundamental technology skills -- as well as courses critical for learners of all ages to be successful in today's technologically evolving world.

Interested in free access to Microsoft training?


what's a mooc?

What's a MOOC? It's a Massive Open Online Course. A MOOC is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.

Coursera and EdX are two of the most popular providers of MOOCs. But, there are many more: visit our eLearning page. Or, visit MOOCs: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities.

get our mobile app

The Orcas Island Library now has a mobile app. Scan the QR code to the left, or download from wa.boopsie.com

Access the Library's online services using Washington State Library Now, the library app for Washingtonians.

Library Now works on mobile devices including Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod and iPod Touch), Windows Phone 8, Windows Mobile, Windows 8, Kindle Fire, Blackberry, Palm, J2ME, and Symbian Series 60.

friends of the library

The Friends of the Library want more members. They want you! Click on the poster image above to get more information on the Friends of the Library.

Medicare Open Enrollment

The SHIBA volunteers on Orcas are sponsored by Island Hospital: they are available for individual consultations on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at the Orcas Medical Center.

Call 376-2561 to schedule an appointment.

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