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Pierce County Library System

Pierce County Library System (PCLS) is a library system serving the residents of Pierce County, Washington. Pierce County Library System has 20 library locations serving 580,000 people in unincorporated Pierce County and 15 cities and towns which have annexed to the system for library service. It circulates 6.9 million items annually, hosts seasonal youth story times, teen clubs, events for youth and adults, classes for skills development and technology, an active summer reading program, and connects with social media. In 2016, there were 334,362 library cardholders, PCLS locations had more than 2.2 million visitors, and the website had more than 3.5 million visitors.[1]

Pierce County Library System
Established 1946
Location Pierce County, Washington
Branches 20 locations, and outreach services
Size over 1 million items (2016)
Access and use
Population served 580,000
Other information
Budget $30,123,353 (2016)
Director Georgia Lomax



The Pierce County Library System was established by the Washington State Legislature in 1946 as an independent rural library district to serve unincorporated areas of the county as well as towns and cities that annex or contract with PCLS. Over its 70+ years, it has had four directors: Marion Cromwell, Carolyn Else, Neel Parikh and Georgia Lomax.


Current LocationsEdit

The Fife branch of the Pierce County Library System

The library's headquarters, Administrative Center & Library, is in the Summit-Waller area, southeast of Tacoma, Washington. The busiest locations are Gig Harbor, South Hill, Lakewood, University Place, and Parkland/Spanaway.

Former locationsEdit

The library system has added and closed many other library locations over its history. Defunct branches include: American Lake Gardens, Browns Point, Longmire, Washington, McNeil Island, Washington, National, and Wilkeson, Washington.

Service areaEdit

The Pierce County Library System serves all of rural Pierce County and any of the cities that have annexed into its service area. This includes all of the cities listed above, but does not include Carbonado, Fircrest, and Ruston.

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