Kitsap Regional Library serves the community as a center for lifelong learning and a steward of access to stories, information and knowledge.
Kitsap Regional Library serves Kitsap County's 251,000 residents through nine community library locations, online access to library materials and services, a traveling bookmobile, and outreach services for the homebound and youth.
The library has more than half a million physical items in its collection, bolstered by online access to downloadable e-books, audiobooks and music. The library also provides free access to dozens of online research tools.
Our annual goals are derived from our Vision 2015 Strategic Plan.
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Give KRL a Hand. Hundreds of Kitsap residents volunteer each year to help KRL, donating hours worth more than $550,000 to the library system. Volunteers serve as technology tutors, support programs in our branches and help with system-wide projects and events. Most school districts now require high school students to perform community service tasks and the library is a great place for students to earn those hours.
Kitsap Regional Library is governed by a five member Board of Trustees. Board members are appointed by the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners and serve five-year terms. The KRL Board sets policy for the library system and hires and holds accountable the Library Director, who oversees the day-to-day operations of KRL.
Information about KRL's budgets and spending history and about the actions taken by the KRL Board are available on this web site. KRL is committed to meeting the letter and the spirit of Washington State laws regarding open public meetings and access to public records.
Tax limitations, growth in library use and rising costs have made it harder for KRL to provide high-quality service. The KRL Foundation raises, manages and allocates funds to support library programs that benefit all the communities in Kitsap. Donations to the KRL Foundation are tax deductible.
Friends of the Library groups are organized at most library branches to promote the libraries in their communities. Through fundraising events such as book sales, Friends groups raise money for items not in the library's budget. If you are looking for a way to get involved in your community and if you love your library, consider joining the Friends group that supports your branch.
Kitsap Regional Library's Board approves policies that govern the library system's operation. Policies are designed to assure access to library materials, to clearly outline the rights and responsibilities of library users and to explain the use of library-owned facilities.