Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday 10-7
Friday 10-6
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 1-5

Contact Us



About the Library

Getting a Library Card
Non-resident Cards
Visitor Cards
Checking out Library Materials
Placing & Picking up Holds
Fines & Fees
Using a Public Computer & Equipment
Rules for the use of Port Townsend Public Library Computers
Test and Exam Monitoring Guidelines

Getting a Library Card

Your Port Townsend Library card is also accepted at Jefferson County Library in Port Hadlock!

Picture ID required for patrons 18 years or older. In additon to picture ID, each patron applying for a resident library card will be required to show one piece of identification as proof of residency in Jefferson County (see below for information on non-resident and visitor cards).  Identification is defined as: a current Washington State driver’s license or state ID card, voter’s registration, an official piece of mail received by the patron at their residence or post office box. Parent’s ID may be accepted for children. Cards may be mailed to those patrons with picture ID but without identification as proof of residency in Jefferson County. Receipt of the card will act as proof of residency.

Non-resident Cards

Non-resident cards are issued free of charge for people who live elsewhere in Washington State or who have a permanent residence in Washington State. Identification showing the permanent address is required.

A reciprocal borrowing agreement with King County Library System, North Olympic Library System, and Kitsap Regional Library System allows CLAN cardholders to obtain a library card from King County Library System, Kitsap Regional Library, and North Olympic Library System. 

Visitor Cards

People who have a mailing address outside of Washington State with proof of permanent address or temporary Port Townsend mailing address including General Delivery or post office box may obtain a visitor card. These cards limit the holder to 10 items checked out and automatically expire at the end of 3 months.

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Checking out Library Materials

You may check out 6 audio books, 6 music CDs, 6 DVDs, and as many other books and magazines as you can carry (and return on time).

And you get plenty of time to enjoy them. Books, audio books and music CDs circulate for 3 weeks, feature film DVDs and magazines for 1 week and T.V. Series DVDs for 2 weeks.

It's quick and easy to renew in person or by phone (360-385-3181) unless someone is waiting for an item. Items will renew automatically, if no one is waiting, two times.

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Placing & Picking up Holds

You have options if you can't find a book on the shelf.

If something you want has been checked out by someone else, you can place a hold on it to have it set aside just for you.

You may also place or pick up a hold, or reserve material from other CLAN (Cooperative Libraries Automated Network) member libraries, which include Jefferson County Library, the Jefferson County Library Bookmobile, H.W.McCurdy Library at the Northwest Maritime Center, Port Townsend School District and Quilcene and Brinnon schools.

For information about Books on Wheels our home delivery service within Port Townsend city limits please call 360-344-3061. For information about the Jefferson County Library's bookmobile service, please call 360-385-6544.

Books on hold for you will remain on the hold shelf for one week after we've notified you. If someone else is picking up library materials for you, please have that person bring your library card or add the person as an alternate pickup on your record.

You're also able to place holds and renew materials on the Internet by logging into The CLAN Library Catalog.

When you're on vacation, you can suspend your hold list while still keeping your place in the holds queue. To do this, stop by the circulation desk, phone the library at 385-3181, or log into The CLAN Library Catalog. Too many books to read right now? You can also put selected titles on suspended status.

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Fines & Fees

The Port Townsend Public Library does not charge fines for overdue books, audio books, music or magazines. There is a fine of $1.00 per day per late DVDs. A patron's account will be blocked when $25 or more in fines are accrued.

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Using a Public Computer & Equipment

Checking your email or doing online research is easy and free at the Library!

You'll need a Port Townsend/CLAN library card. Get one in person at either the Port Townsend Public Library or Jefferson County Library.

Sign onto the computer with your username (the number on the backside of your library card spaces omitted) and your password (the last four digits of the phone number you have on file with the library). You can also reserve computer time using any library computer or online here. You may schedule for the current day or up to a week in advance.

Visitors will be given a guest pass to use the system.

The library has the following computers :

The library has free Wi-Fi access including printing from your personal laptop.

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Rules for the use of Port Townsend Public Library Computers

The Port Townsend Public Library cannot guarantee privacy for individuals using library public access computers to search the Internet. Be aware that computer screens can be seen by others. Internet users are requested to exercise appropriate discretion in viewing materials.

Computer users agree to accept the conditions of the computer use agreement and to abide by the rules for use of Port Townsend Public Library computers.

Computer time is available by appointment according to the following guidelines:

Files retrieved from Internet sources must be downloaded onto users' personal CDs or USB flash drive. Please be aware that software downloaded from the Internet may contain viruses.

Users may not alter software or hardware configurations of library computers. Users caught willfully altering configurations or settings will lose their library computer privileges.

Staff reserves the right to limit the number of people at a single computer at one time.

Electronic communication carried via the Internet is not considered confidential. Be careful when transmitting personal information, and do not provide such information as credit card numbers over library Internet connections.

Users are responsible for knowing how to use computer hardware and software. Library staff can provide minimal guidance, but not instruction on use of the Internet or other software. Library staff provides minimal instruction on use of free e-mail services.

Please close all files you have used and log off the computer before you leave.

Test and Exam Monitoring Guidelines

Port Townsend Public Library provides test and exam monitoring service to students as part of our role as a community place and in support of life-long learning. While we expect to be able to meet the requirement of most requests for a monitoring service, we do have some limitations.
Does the library offer test or exam monitoring?
Yes, this service is available during library hours. The library does not charge a fee for the service, but any costs, such as printing, postage and faxing, are the responsibility of the student. Staff members who may provide monitoring are librarians and library associates. Please also note that exams are administered in a public area where there is some ambient noise.

How do I make arrangements?
Provide the library staff member with your full name and contact information and the name of the school or institution that will be sending the exam. If the institution requires a signed monitor’s statement before the exam will be sent, please present that in person at the library when making the initial arrangements. Provide your school or institution with the monitor’s contact information so that the exam may be sent.
All paper tests should be sent through the mail to “Certified Librarian” so that the student is not bound to a single staff member’s schedule for test monitoring. The library will hold tests for sixty days or the test’s stated deadline. If the student does not pick up the test by that time, it will be returned to the school or institution.

What if it is an online test?
Please tell the library staff when you first begin making arrangements. The online computer used for testing must be reserved in advance. The computer time allocated to a library user in a 24-hour period is one hour. If you will need longer than that to complete the test, we can arrange to do that. We are unable to download software or applications so please confirm what is required prior to the test. The library cannot be responsible for its online equipment failure. If an online test is lost or Internet access is broken before the test can be completed, the student can make arrangements to retake the test at a later time.

What if it is a paper exam?
Your institution will send us the examination and related paperwork. Please contact the library once the test has been received to determine a mutually agreeable testing date and time.

What should I bring with me when I take my test?
We will follow the testing requirements of your institution. Students have the responsibility of providing their own materials, such as pencils, pens, scratch paper, calculators or textbooks if allowed, etc. Appropriate photo identification must be presented. If it is an online test, you will need a library card.

What happens after I take my exam?
Once the exam is completed, we will return it with any required paperwork as instructed by the school or agency. If there are postage, faxing or delivery fees, they are the responsibility of the student and must be prepaid.

The library is unable to:
•Provide a locked or secure place for the test.
•Provide a quiet study room for exam taking.
•Provide a staff member for one-on-one test monitoring.
•Provide monitoring for large groups of students.
•Mail the completed exams at times other than the regular library mailing.
•Arrange for courier or delivery pickup of completed exams.

The library is able to:
•Accept the exam.
•Make an appointment to hand the exam to the student.
•Accept payment for any postage, faxing or delivery fees when the student comes in.
•Collect the exam from the student when it is completed.
•Return the exam to the school.

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