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July 2020

The Library partnered with the City of University Place to produce a video that highlights how the Library System continues to serve the public with online services while buildings are closed.

Thank you to the Lakewood City Council who awarded $18,000 in Coronavirus Relief Grant Funds to the Foundation in early July.

The Library will use these funds to add MiFi wireless hotspots to their collection for Lakewood residents without access to the internet at home. The funding will also provide personal protection equipment (PPE) for Tillicum and Lakewood Library staff.

Above: Pierce County Library Director Georgia Lomax and Pierce County Library Foundation Director Dean Carrell engaged in conversation inside the Bookmobile.

The Pierce County Library Foundation partners with the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to amplify the impact of your donations in support of the Library.

Check out this 2019 Pierce County Partners featured story to learn more.

June 2020

Above: John S. leads story time in 1976 and the Bookmobile in the 1970s


The 70s at the Foundation

The first contribution to the Pierce County Library Foundation ($670, from an anonymous donor) was presented at the Foundation’s first official meeting on October 21, 1970. In its early years, the Foundation Board focused on recruiting members of the community for Board service. During this decade, the Foundation reviewed a proposal and building program for a University Place location; contributed to the Library’s Save our Services Campaign (1973); developed the first brochure (1977); and established that funds could be raised to purchase items like the following:books, 16mm films, records, art prints, a portable tv camera, projectors, and a world globe.

Donations made to the Pierce County Library Foundation enhance and amplify public investments, and over the last 50 years, donors like you have helped to support Library programs, projects, and services to meet the diverse needs of our community.



The Pierce County Library System and Foundation formed a partnership with PrintNW to produce an exclusive offering of Here for You T-shirts in support of the community. Each purchase of a T-shirt for $20 provides $15 to the Foundation to help support valued library services. These funds will enhance vital online and digital services that strengthen the Library’s digital presence and continue to provide much-needed library resources for Pierce County residents.

Pierce County Library System Creates eReading Rooms

The Pierce County Library System has digitized the concept of physical reading rooms by creating specialized eReading Rooms of DIY, Teens and Mystery & Thriller e-books and online audiobooks. With a free library card, Pierce County residents can browse digital books in easy to use online eReading Rooms.

Pierce County Library offers thousands of e-books and audiobooks in a variety of genres for all ages.

To find your next read, visit and on Libby, the award-winning one-tap reading app from OverDrive.