Timberland Regional Library to Launch ‘Anywhere Library’ in Thurston County


Timberland Regional Library’s mobile library service “Anywhere Library,” which brings library materials and services directly to community sites, will launch in Thurston County on June 21. 

Anywhere Library stops will be scheduled at regular dates and times each month and work just like libraries where patrons can request holds to be delivered to the scheduled stops, return materials, check out new items and utilize free Wi-Fi and printing services, Timberland stated in a news release.  

The first Thurston County site will open to the public at the Senior Center of Rainier on June 21 from 12 to 1 p.m. with opening celebrations from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

The kickoff will include a Thurston County Chamber ribbon cutting and speakers from Timberland Regional Library and the City of Rainier.

Other regular stops beginning this summer will include Rochester Organization of Families (ROOF) Community Services in Rochester on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. providing library access to the Rochester community, the families using ROOF services, and the Rochester Boys and Girls Club. 

Anywhere Library will also be at the Rochester United Methodist Church on the fourth Friday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  

Anywhere Library provides services to patrons who may currently have barriers preventing them from visiting current library locations, such as living in remote or rural locations, issues with mobility or limited access to transportation, Timberland stated. 

Items in the Timberland Regional Library collection available to Anywhere Library patrons are: DVDs, a selection of popular nonfiction titles, large print books, and audiobooks on CD or Playaway. Children’s resources include VOX picture books with audio, Launchpad themed tablets with educational games, math backpacks to support early learning in STEM, and free mobile memberships to the Hands-on Children’s Museum. 


A Full List of Anywhere Library Services Is Printed Below:

• Access to Timberland Regional Library collections

• Library Card sign-up

• Wi-Fi access

• Assistance with library resources

• Requesting and receiving library holds

• Giveaways

• Take-n-make crafts

• Summer Library Program participation

• Story times at select locations


Community Locations For Anywhere Library Stops May Include:

• Residential facilities

• Schools

• Meal sites

• Community centers

• Cultural and other various gathering spaces 

“By bringing the library to a variety of community locations, the Anywhere Library staff hope to create partnerships with both the community host sites and the community members utilizing Anywhere Library services,” Timberland stated in a news release. The Anywhere Library will serve Thurston County initially, with plans to expand to all five Timberland counties.

To view upcoming stops, learn more about Anywhere Library services and resources, or request a stop in your area, visit TRL.org/Anywhere. 

All Timberland library programs are free and open to the public. Anyone needing special accommodations to participate in a library’s programs may contact the library one week in advance. 

For more information visit TRL.org.