Raymond Library Closing For Repairs

Library services during the closure

Patrons may wonder what to do if their library books, movies or other library items are due during the closure period. Popovich said that items checked out now will not actually be due until September 11. However, library staff will empty the book drops and check books in at another Timberland library so people may use the book drops as usual.

Patron holds will not expire during the closure. Holds that are due to expire on Tuesday, September 11 will be held at the library an additional three days for patron pickup.

As alternatives, people may change their holds pickup location to another library or suspend their holds until a later date. They can do this by logging into their accounts at www.TRL.org, by calling a Timberland library or by calling TRL’s Central Reference librarians at 1-800-562-6022. Library staff will be happy to help with these procedures.

For in-person library services, Raymond Timberland Library patrons will be welcomed at the South Bend Timberland Library, which is located at 1st and Pacific, telephone (360)875-5532, and at any other Timberland library they wish to visit.

Cost and funding

In July, the Leslie V. and Stella J. Raymond Foundation awarded $50,000 to improve the condition of the plaster in the interior of the Raymond Timberland Library. The grant will also cover part of the cost of painting. TRL will pay the remaining cost, an estimated $3,000.

As required by the Foundation, the work will be done by a local contractor. Mayor Robert Jungar of the City of Raymond attended pre-construction meetings and Shane Moncy of Coastline Roofing Systems was awarded the contract. Raymond Timberland Library and other TRL staff will move the books and shelving and replace them when the project is complete.

A little history

The Raymond Library was built in 1929 on land donated to the city for a library. Prior to the establishment of Timberland Regional Library, the Raymond Library was the headquarters for the Pacific County Library District. The neo-Tudor building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The plaque at the library reads: “Under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 this property possesses exceptional value in illustrating American history and culture.”

The Raymond Foundation was established in 1962 as a non-profit organization to fund scholarships and community development projects. “TRL is very grateful for the grant from the Raymond Foundation and looks forward to a much improved Raymond Timberland Library,” said TRL Director Culp.

Reopening day

On September 11, the planned reopening day, the Friends and the local Board of the Raymond Timberland Library will meet at 4 p.m. At 6 p.m., Pajama Story Time for children and families will begin. The public will be kept informed in the event of a delay in opening.

The Raymond Timberland Library is located at 507 Duryea Street. For more information, call the library at (360) 942-2408, go to www.TRL.org or telephone the TRL Central Reference Service librarians toll free at 1-800-562-6022.