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Services & Departments


Reference Desk

Circulation Desk

Children & Parent-Teacher Department

Interlibrary Loan - ILL

Magazines & Newspapers

Special Collections

Computer & Print Service

Study & Tutorial Rooms

Friends of the Library Community Room

Passport Service

Guidelines for Local Authors

 

Reference Desk

The Reference Desk is staffed weekday afternoons and most Saturdays. Our reference collection has the usual sources of economic, scientific, medical, literary reference materials and a variety of dictionaries. Also located in the reference are marine charts, atlases, and local government documents. Please contact Gina for more information: (360) 293-1910 x2059

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Circulation desk

Check out materials, request holds, or get program information, the circulation desk is often the first place people stop when entering the library.  It staffed whenever the library is open.  We also have a self-check machine where you can check out your own materials.  For questions regarding your library account, please contact our Public Services Manager Diana at (360) 293-1910 x8067

Children & Parent-Teacher Department

Our Children's Department has wonderful, deep window seats designed with themes to beckon children to stay a while, and a spacious family reading area, too. In addition to our picture, fiction and non-fiction books, our Children's collection offers audiobooks, music CDs, language learning CDs, and DVDs. Over a dozen magazine titles are available, with topics ranging from arts and sciences to horses and sports. Filtered internet and educational games on computers are a popular spot. Please check the online calender or ask at the Children's desk for a monthly calendar of events.

Storytimes programs are held each week for several age-ranges, including babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Please check the Children's calendar for days and times.

Our Parent-Teacher collection has many books of relevance, with topics such as child behavior, education, family and development. Please contact Leslie for more information: (360) 293-1910 x1974

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Interlibrary Loan - ILL

Books that are not part of our collection can often be borrowed from other lending libraries. Request slips are available from the Circulation Desk. We offer Interlibrary Loan as a service, although some loan fees may apply dependent on the policy of the lending library, and lending periods may vary. For more information, please contact Esther: (360) 293-1910 x8115

To request a book (including ILL), login to your account on the library catalog.

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Magazines & Newspapers

The library subscribes to over 120 magazines and 9 local and national newspapers. These are located upstairs where you can enjoy the view from one of two quiet reading areas. Back issues are available for checkout; newspapers and the current issues of magazine titles do not circulate.

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Special Collections

The Dominic Manieri Jazz and Swing Collection has an outstanding selection of music CDs, DVDs and books. This collection is actively developed through the Manieri Endowment. In addition to building the collection, the Endowment funds other projects to promote the understanding and appreciation of jazz and swing including programs, performances, and partnering with other organizations such as the Anacortes School District. The Endowment also fosters opportunities for local jazz and swing musicians and for students interested in pursuing a music education.  For more information about the Dominic Manieri endowment and the library's jazz collection, go to www.jazzatthelibrary.com.

The Maritime Collection offers an extensive compilation of books and marine charts. Sailing and power crafts, boat building and repair, education and skills, true adventure, native and local lore are all part of what is available for checkout.

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Computer & Print Service

Internet service is available from our public internet computers, plus we provide free wireless access. Visitors may request guest passes at the Circulation Desk. Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, Publisher and Picture Manager is accessible from all computers . Two non-internet computers are dedicated to word processing. Print and copy services are black and white and Color too. 

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Study & Tutorial Rooms

Our two study rooms are designed for quiet, individual study, accommodating no more than 2 persons. Each has a countertop and two chairs. Two tutorial rooms, each with a table and 6 chairs, are intended for smaller groups. Study and tutorial rooms are not available for commercial use.

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Friends of the Library Community Meeting Room

The Friends of the Library Community Meeting Roomm provides meeting space for the general public. Audio-visual equipment is offered to meeting room users, with the requirement that the user it given instruction on how to operate the equipment. Organizations using the FOL Community Meeting Room may not charge admission and will be permitted to make sales under the following conditions:

  • Sales must be confined to the Community Meeting Room. No effort can be made to solicit other library patrons
  • Making a purchase must in no way be a requirement for attending the meeting
  • Sales must be an inconsequential part of the program

Click here for a printable Meeting Room Use Agreement

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Passport Service 

Applications for new passports are accepted (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY) for processing at the library Tuesday noon - 6:00 pm., Wednesday noon - 6:00 and Saturday, 1 - 4 pm BY APPOINTMENT. Acceptance agents are able to answer questions during those hours, as well. Passport applications are available at the library and online: http://www.travel.state.gov . You can renew your passport by mail without using an acceptance agent.  Please click here for more information and to make an appointment.

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Guidelines for Local Authors

Anacortes Public Library is very interested in acquiring materials that are written and/or published locally. We are especially interested in materials about Anacortes, Skagit County, Western Washington, and the Pacific Northwest. We also are interested in selected music by local musicians and performers. It is sometimes difficult for us to identify these materials, so we appreciate an author or artist bringing them to our attention.

Click here for more specific information  

Click here for the Board Collection Development Policy

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