A new library is coming to Lakewood-Smokey Point
The 2016-2015 Capital Facilities Plan identified that the growing Lakewood-Smokey Point community deserves better library services. Now, efforts are underway to open a Lakewood/Smokey Point Library in January 2018.
Sno-Isle Libraries has leased space at 3411 169th Place NE, close to the I-5 and Highway 531 interchange, just off Smokey Point Boulevard, next to Lowe's and Tractor Supply. When this full-service library opens, customers will be able to access all the materials and resources available at other the 22 community libraries across Snohomish and Island counties.
Temporary signage is up and work is underway to get the new 4,000 square-foot storefront space ready for customers. Look for more information on this page as work progresses and we set a date in January for the grand opening.
The 2016-2025 Capital Facilities Plan identifies the Lakewood-Smokey Point community as in need of library services now. That need is expected to increase as the area continues to grow in the foreseeable future. The plan recommends a demonstration library to serve residents in the area. Sno-Isle Libraries is committed to serving the Lakewood-Smokey Point community and this project allows both Sno-Isle Libraries and the community to see how library services can best be delivered.
Where will the new library be located?
The Lakewood/Smokey Point Library will be located near the intersection of 172nd Street NE (Highway 531) and Smokey Point Boulevard, in the shopping center near Tractor Supply Co. and Lowe's. The address is 3411 169th Place NE, Suites ABC, Arlington, WA 98223.
When will the library open?
The library is scheduled to open in early January 2018.
What will the library offer?
The leased, 4,000 square foot storefront will include:
- Comfortable seating for leisure reading
- Tables for work and study
- A community meeting room
Services will include:
- A wide selection of books, DVDs and other resources
- Laptops for use in the library
- Wi-Fi for use with personal devices
- Library classes and activities to meet community needs and interests
- Personal assistance from library staff
How often will the library be open?
The library will be open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday. Specific hours are to be determined.
Why open a new library?
- Students attend five public schools located in the Lakewood-Smokey Point area.
- Residents of the area live more than five miles away from libraries in Arlington, Marysville and Stanwood. Heavy traffic in the area makes travel to these libraries difficult.
- Sno-Isle Libraries' 2016-2025 Capital Facilities Plan identified the Lakewood-Smokey Point area as a rapidly growing community underserved by library facilities in other communities.
- The population of this area is projected to increase 10 percent by 2021.
What is a demonstration library?
A demonstration library project allows a community to experience the services and resources available in a conveniently located library facility.