Curbside Pickup

Due to the public health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak, we cannot welcome you into the library at this time.  However, we are happy to bring the library outside to you through a curbside pickup service.

What are the hours of Curbside Pickup?

Main Library:

Monday-Friday: 12 pm to 6 pm
Saturday: 12 pm to 5 pm    

Evergreen Branch:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12 pm to 6 pm
Saturday: 12 pm to 5 pm    

How does Curbside Pickup work?

  1. Place holds/requests for library materials through your account at www.epls.org or by calling the Main Library at 425-257-8000 or the Evergreen Branch at 425-257-8250.
  2. You will be notified when your items are available to pick up. You will have 10 days to pick up your items. After 10 days, your items will be placed back on the shelves.
  3. Arrive at the Library during curbside service hours.  For the Main Library, call 425-257-7617.  For the Evergreen Branch, call 425-257-8260.  Library staff will check out materials to your account and deliver them to your vehicle.

Curbside service will be a socially distant, contactless service. In accordance with health and safety guidelines, customers are asked to remain in their vehicles. Staff will place items in the trunk or rear passenger window of your vehicle.

Library staff will wear a face covering and maintain at least six feet of distance from our customers. Due to the statewide mask order effective as of June 26,customers are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings while using this service.

What if I don’t have a car but I still want Curbside Pickup?

Please follow the same instructions as above for curbside pickup.  Instead of placing items in your vehicle, library staff will place your items in a bag on the ground for you to pickup.     

How do I ask a question about library materials or my account?

Library staff are available by phone to answer reference questions, recommend reading materials, and resolve account questions.

Phone hours are:

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For reference questions or reading recommendations, call: 425-257-8000

For account questions, call: 425-257-8010    

How do I return library materials?

Due dates on materials checked out in March or earlier have been automatically extended until August 31, 2020. You are welcome to return materials before then, but you are encouraged to keep them at home until the due date. There will be no fines applied to library accounts at this time.

Contactless returns are available at both locations during these hours:

Main Library:

Monday-Friday: 12 pm to 6 pm
Saturday: 12 pm to 5 pm

  1. For Main Library, park in specially designated spots on Everett Avenue near the library garage entrance.
  2. Walk to the pedestrian garage entrance.
  3. Special bins will be placed just inside the entrance for your library materials.

Evergreen Branch:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12 pm to 6 pm
Saturday: 12 pm to 5 pm    

In accordance with State guidelines, library staff are not allowed to take returns from our borrowers directly.  We strongly encourage you to wear a face covering when coming to the library to return your materials.    

What if I no longer want to check out the items I have on hold?

Please call 425-257-8010 and ask to cancel your holds.    

How are you making sure the library collections stay safe?

Local and state guidelines require that we quarantine all returned items before checking them in and placing them back in circulation. Expect your returned items to remain on your library account for at least 96 hours. Due to the quarantine requirements and limited access to portions of our collection, there may be a delay in making requested materials available to you.    

What if I want to browse the shelves?

We are excited to announce that we are now offering a "Books for You" reader’s advisory service.

Choose a category that interests you and we will find 3-5 titles and put them on hold for you.  Look at the categories and call us at 425-257-8000.


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