The North Plains Public Library is a department of the City of North Plains. Its personnel are city employees, and its operations are budgeted and managed through established city processes.
There is a five-member Library Board which is advisory to the Library Director and to City Council. The Friends of the Library organization actively fundraises through used book sales in order to support the library with additional programs and materials.
The library’s tenth anniversary will be celebrated in April, 2016. The 2,500 square foot facility, which is owned by the Friends of the Library, is adjacent to City Hall. It houses over 12,000 items in various formats, and the collection focus is on popular materials for all ages. As a member of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services, the library has access to many other materials for its patrons via a daily courier service.
Eleven computers are free for public use all hours the Library is open. The Microsoft Suite of office programs is available as well as Internet access and databases on a variety of topics including auto repair; genealogy; student homework help; GED, SAT, Oregon driver’s license test tutorials; foreign languages; and many more.
There is a weekly Book Babies Storytime for those up to 12 months old, a Preschool Storytime for those up to age 6, and a Summer Reading Program for all ages. Super Saturday programs for children occur monthly during the school year, and Wacky Wednesday programs for children occur weekly during the summer.
Art exhibits are featured bimonthly, and quilt displays rotate monthly. The Book Club and Writers’ Group for adults meet monthly, and there is a regular First Friday Flick for all ages.
Eleven staff members and many volunteers keep the Library open 50 hours per week:
For more information, please visit the library website: www.nplibrary.org.