Heat can prompt two libraries to cut short afternoon, evening hours

thermometer photoIn addition to great library services, Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries can usually offer one more thing: Respite from the heat.

However, the recent series of extra-warm days have proven too much for two libraries without air conditioning. Rising afternoon temperatures inside the Lake Stevens and Arlington libraries have forced staff members occasionally to close those buildings ahead of the scheduled closing time.

Sno-Isle Libraries includes 23 community libraries. Some buildings are owned by the library district and some are owned by the local city government. The library buildings in Lake Stevens and Arlington are owned by those cities.

There is no specific temperature that triggers a closure. Recent inside temperatures at the Lake Stevens Library have exceeded 85 degrees by 2 p.m. The decision and timing to close a library due to heat is up to staff at that building and based on conditions and the impact on customers and employees.

The Lake Stevens Library has closed at 2:30 and 3 p.m. on some recent days while Arlington closed at 5 p.m. on July 30. In all cases, the libraries have reopened the following day on time.

Notices of heat-related closures are posted at the affected library and posted online.

All community libraries have free Wi-Fi available without a library card for those bringing their own device. Along with the events calendar, library staff members have put together a list of 24 things to do at Sno-Isle Libraries while also beating the heat.

Libraries with air conditioning

  1. Brier Library
  2. Camano Island Library
  3. Clinton Library
  4. Coupeville Library
  5. Darrington Library
  6. Edmonds Library
  7. Freeland Library
  8. Granite Falls Library
  9. Lakewood/Smokey Point Library
  10. Langley Library
  11. Lynnwood Library
  12. Mariner Library
  13. Marysville Library
  14. Mill Creek Library
  15. Monroe Library
  16. Mountlake Terrace Library
  17. Mukilteo Library
  18. Oak Harbor Library
  19. Snohomish Library
  20. Stanwood
  21. Sultan Library

Libraries without air conditioning

  1. Lake Stevens Library
  2. Arlington Library