Tacoma Public Library Expands Reach with New Eastside Microlibrary

Tacoma Public Library is celebrating the installation of the Eastside Microlibrary — the first of its kind in Western Washington.

Located at Metro Parks Tacoma’s Eastside Community Center, the Microlibrary will act as an additional service point beyond the Library System’s eight traditional branches. Visitors will find an interactive kiosk with a curated selection of library materials, as well as a variety of programs and services managed by an outreach librarian dedicated to the project. There also are check-out materials such as books, DVDs, graphic novels, and museum passes.

In the coming months, the Microlibrary will pilot a mobile hotspot lending program, equipping patrons with access to free wireless internet.

“This is an exciting and innovative project,” Library Director Kate Larsen said in a statement. “Not only does the Eastside Microlibrary advance our goal of extending library services to underserved neighborhoods of Tacoma, but it also demonstrates that libraries are responding to emerging trends and community needs.”

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