Lummi Island Library $200,000 remodel to begin, last four months


LUMMI ISLAND - Island Library will close for its $200,000 renovation as of 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29.

The project, which is expected to take about four months, includes restructuring the roof, raising part of the floor to meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and expanding the library at 2144 S. Nugent Road.

With 450 added square feet, there will be a new room for teens and space for small groups to meet - both of which are needed on the island, project backers have said.

The Friends of the Island Library have raised $185,000 toward the cost of the renovation. The nonprofit bought the two-story house in 1992 to serve as a library.

The Friends own and maintain the building, while Whatcom County Library System provides the services.

Island Library now has about 1,600 square feet of usable space, with 200 square feet of that mainly for storage.

During the work, the system's Bookmobile will provide library services to island residents three days a week starting Thursday, July 11. Those days and hours on Lummi Island are:

-- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday.

-- 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

-- Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Bookmobile and book return will be in the Whatcom Chief parking lot across the street from the ferry landing.

Until the Bookmobile rolls in, requested library items can be picked up at Ferndale Library, at Cherry and First streets.

"We are glad that the Friends have raised the funds needed to do this work," said Lizz Roberts, community relations manager for Whatcom County Library System.

The Friends are excited that the needed remodeling is beginning, according to Joan Keiper, the group's president.

Details: Call WCLS at 360-305-3600 or go online at


Friends of the Island Library is $15,000 from its goal of raising $200,000 to remodel and expand its library on Lummi Island. To donate, make checks payable to Friends of Island Library and mail to P.O. Box 204, Lummi Island, WA 98262. Go to to learn more or to donate online.

Reach KIE RELYEA at or call 715-2234.

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