All Spokane County Library District locations will be closed, Monday, May 29 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. Our regular location hours will resume, Tuesday, May 30.

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Library network maintenance scheduled for June 22

June 17, 2016

Spokane County Library District will be performing maintenance on the District’s connectivity and networking equipment on Wednesday, June 22, from 7am to 12pm. Many of our computing, networking, and internet services will be unavailable during that time: The Spokane County Library District website will be unavailable, including our Catalog and Digital Library. All public computers […]

Scheduled website maintenance

May 13, 2016

Due to maintenance, all online library services may be interrupted on Friday, May 13, between 6pm and 10pm. These services include the catalog, our Digital Library—including OverDrive, Hoopla, and Zinio—and account services such as reserve a computer, pay charges, and online library card applications. All online services should be restored by 10pm on Friday, May 13. We apologize for any […]

Free Books: Accessing the World’s Public Domain Literature

July 9, 2015

By Brian Vander Veen Whoever coined the Internet phrase “never read the comments” was a wise person indeed. It’s especially true if you’re a librarian (or library fan) reading pretty much any news article related to public libraries; inevitably, there’s the one commenter who questions why public libraries even exist, the guy who boldly proclaims […]

Scheduled Website Maintenance

November 21, 2014

Due to maintenance, some online library services will not be available on Friday, November 21 between 6pm and midnight. These services include the catalog, Overdrive, Hoopla, and account services such as reserve a computer, pay charges, and online library card applications. Other services will not be affected. All services will be restored on Saturday, November […]

Scheduled website maintenance

February 20, 2014

Due to routine maintenance, the website, catalog and access to digital resources will not be available beginning Sunday, February 23 at 5pm. The outage may last up to twelve hours. Services will be restored as quickly as possible.

Spring reads to take you into summer

May 9, 2017

By Abra Cole Every year around this time, I think to myself, “Hooray, we made it! Thank goodness spring is here!” Of course, that’s usually when it starts to snow again. I know we will have a hot summer again soon enough, but after a winter like the one we’ve just been through, I can’t […]

You, in books (no right, no wrong, an idiosyncratic list)

May 2, 2017

  by Sheri Boggs If you’re a reader and you’re on any kind of social media, you’ve probably been tagged to participate in something like this: “List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be […]

Drop-in job & career help

May 1, 2017

Note: Information has been updated in this post. Refine your resume or start one from scratch. Write an eye-catching cover letter. Discover your ideal career. A business librarian is available during drop-in hours to assist job seekers and offer career help. Whether you are a student about to graduate or a seasoned professional, we can help you create […]

Community gardening: a delicious pursuit to feed the hungry and the soul

April 25, 2017

By Erin Dodge I met with Teresa Sadler of Pumpkin Patch Community Garden to talk about the garden and learn her take on gardening, especially as a community. Originally a pumpkin patch and then a parking lot and staging site for the construction company that built the bridge over the river, the community garden was […]

Hollywood vs. novel and short story: dystopian worlds written by Philip K. Dick

April 18, 2017

By Susan Goertz Dystopian fiction seems to be enjoying a renaissance right now, at least in my life. And over the years Hollywood has kept up with the appeal, feeding our insatiable appetite for basic human struggles set against the backdrop of social, political, and environmental collapse that keep us glued to the screen. I […]