Keep your books and movies!

Well ... not permanently. All materials checked out [books, audio books, magazines, videos, interlibrary loans] have been renewed to April 30, 2020! Please do not return your items to any of our return bins during this time. Thanks.

Orcas Island Library Closure

The Library is closed until further notice.

BOOK & MAGAZINE DONATIONS: Please to not leave book & magazine donations at the Library while it remains closed. Staff and members of the Friends of the Library will not be on the premises to gather donations. Thank you for your understanding.

We have taken this difficult step out of concern for the health for Orcas Island residents. Evidence is compelling that limiting social contacts can help reduce the potential for the Coronavirus/COVID-19 to spread throughout our community.

We will continue to study this serious community issue with County health officials and others. If we can in any way restore services at some level, either before or after the end of March, we will share this welcome news as soon and as widely as possible.

We recognize the serious impact that this decision will have on all of us.

As we work through future options, please continue to contact us at 360-376-4985, or email Library Director Phil Heikkinen at We will also post updates to our website at

Our website offers a variety of resources such as ebooks, e-audiobooks, a wide variety of databases, language learning, streaming movies and other alternatives, all available with your library card number and PIN. You can return any library materials as usual to our book drop locations in Deer Harbor, Olga, Orcas Landing, and the Library itself.

Phil Heikkinen, Library Director, on behalf of the Library Board and staff

TumbleBook Library

The TumbleBook Library is an online collection of electronic books accessible through the library’s website. Animation, sound, music and narration are added to existing picture books to produce an electronic book which you can read, or have read to you. The TumbleBook Library also includes chapter books in audio book and e-book formats, multi-cultural topics, foreign language and bilingual books, puzzles, and games.

Spelling, concentration, and fill-in-the blank games developed to reinforce young reader’s comprehension skills are also available. Additionally, the language drop down menu allows you to view the entire website in Spanish or French.

You can access the TumbleBook Library by clicking the image below:

Seed Library

Got seeds?

Even while the library is closed, you can still check out seeds from the seed library. Please take a look at the seed library catalog and contact Katie Wilkins at She will happily make arrangements to get seeds to you. If you don't see what you need, check with Katie to see if she can get the seed for you through her partnerships with the Orcas Island Seed Bank and other seed saving friends. You shouldn't have to go without!

Seed Library Catalog [*.xlxs]

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Book Drops Around the Island

In addition to the book drop in front of the library, we have three more book drops conveniently located around the island:

  • To the east: the Olga book drop is located at the Post Office. New Location.
  • On the west side, in Deer Harbor: you can find the book drop in front of the Deer Harbor Community Club.
  • At the Orcas ferry landing: the book drop sits in front of the Cottage Gift Shop on Orcas Road.
The book drops are checked and emptied on a weekly basis.

Interested in independent, international, classic, or documentary films? You're in luck. Get out your library card and sign up for Kanopy, our newest on-demand video streaming service.

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Photo: Mike Penney/HKP Architects