Glitches greet patrons at Coupeville Library

Ten-year-old Delaney Armstrong peruses the book selection at the Coupeville Public Library’s temporary home at the Au Sable Institute.   - Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times
Ten-year-old Delaney Armstrong peruses the book selection at the Coupeville Public Library’s temporary home at the Au Sable Institute.
— image credit: Nathan Whalen/Whidbey News-Times

Sno-Isle Library officials are trying to resolve several technical issues that have cropped up in the temporary home of the Coupeville Public Library.

The library opened in a building at the Au Sable Institute July 8 but telephone and public computer access still aren’t available. Workers are busy trying to fix the problem, said Leslie Franzen, librarian, on Monday.

“I feel like we’ve been on an island within an island,” Franzen said.

Even though there isn’t any public Internet access right now, staff are helping people look up information on an office computer. Online services at are still available as well.

People wishing to speak directly to a librarian at the Coupeville Public Library can call a temporary cell phone number, 425-308-8678.

The Au Sable Institute will be the library’s home while the Alexander Street building is renovated and expanded. The temporary home is roughly half the size of the permanent library building. There are two public access computers, a limited book selection and a place where residents can pick up items they’ve placed on hold.

Franzen said approximately 100 people a day have shown up at the Au Sable Institute, which is located at the end of Parker Road near the intersection with Highway 20.

Coupeville resident Susan Armstrong said she uses library services at least once a week and the trip to the temporary location out of town is worth the trouble if it means eventually having a larger permanent library.

The Coupeville Library renovation is funded by a $2.3 million bond voters approved in August 2008. That money is paying for a project that more than doubles the size of the library space.

Sno-Isle Library officials held a groundbreaking Saturday, July 11. Franzen said approximately 70 people showed up. Construction fencing that surrounds the project went up Tuesday. The project should be finished in six to nine months.

In addition to the temporary location, the book sale, which is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Coupeville Library, is still taking place. Donations can be made Saturdays at the book shed located at the Coupeville Farmers Market, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday.

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