The North Plains Public Library is a 2,500 square foot facility adjacent to City Hall which houses over 12,000 items in various formats. The library building is owned by the Friends of the North Plains Public Library while the contents, staff, and operations are managed by the City of North Plains. The Friends contribute to the annual budget for acquiring new materials.
The library’s collection of popular materials includes fiction and non-fiction books for adults, teens, and children, plus magazines, newspapers, audiovisual materials such as books on CD and DVDs (no apostrophe), Spanish language materials, large print books, reference books, and Cultural Passes to Adventure at area museums and gardens. Electronic resources are also available. Audiobooks, e-books, and video are downloadable to your PC or Mac, and from there transferable to MP3 players (including iPOds and Zunes), eBook readers, and some smartphones.
The North Plains Public Library is a member of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), a group of 17 libraries that share resources and financing. Items may be borrowed from these other libraries and will be brought to the North Plains Public library for checkout. Each day, thousands of items are picked up and delivered by courier to each of the libraries in the cooperative. The cooperative’s website, www.wccls.org, contains holdings of all materials at all library facilities in the county.
In addition to making materials available to the public, the North Plains Public Library also provides the services of eight part time librarians and clerks who organize information and help library users find what they need. A cadre of dedicated volunteers helps to process new materials and to keep those materials organized and accessible.
Storytime for children ages 6 and up is held each Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The annual summer reading program includes children, teens, and adults. An annual winter reading program, One Book, One Community, is sponsored by The Friends of the North Plains Public Library.
The North Plains Public Library has 11 public computers with access to the Internet and the Microsoft Office 2010 suite of programs, including Publisher. Free WiFi is available for those with laptops.