Library Elections in Washington State

The Washington library community frequently asks us for information about levy lid lifts and other library elections in Washington. Below is a list of library elections over the past years. As you can see, the list is incomplete. If you can provide us with information, please contact Carolyn Petersen at [email protected] or 360.570.5560.

For a list showing the establishment of city libraries and library districts and annexations to library district see the Municipal Research and Service Center of Washington.

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DateLibraryActivityDetailsResult
08/07/2018Sno-Isle LibrariesLevyExcessApproved 63.16%
04/24/2018Sno-Isle LibrariesLevyLid LiftApproved 50.46%
02/13/2018Sno-Isle LibrariesBondLake Stevens Library Capital Facility AreaFailed (>60%) 51.09%
02/13/2018Whitman County Rural Library DistrictLevyLid LiftApproved 74.38%
11/07/2017Kitsap Regional LibraryLevyLid LiftApproved 65.15%
08/01/2017Castle Rock Public LibraryLevyExcess LevyApproved 68.56%
08/01/2017Liberty LakeBondCommunity Center constructionFailed 38.44%
04/25/2017Spokane Public LibraryLevyLid LiftApproved 71.32%
02/14/2017Sno-Isle LibrariesBondLake Stevens Library Capital Facility AreaFailed (Validation) 66.05%
02/14/2017Sno-Isle LibrariesEstablishmentLake Stevens Library Capital Facility AreaApproved 69.04%
11/08/2016City of West RichlandLevyLid liftApproved 51.78%
11/08/2016Mid-Columbia LibrariesAnnexationCity of KahlotusApproved 86.57%
11/08/2016Orcas Island Library DistrictLevyApproved 64.49%
11/08/2016Whatcom County Library SystemLevyPoint Roberts RenovationRejected (>60%) 55.45%
08/02/2016Castle Rock LibraryLevyApproved 66.14%
11/03/2015Upper Skagit Partial-County Rural Library DistrictAnnexationConcrete Public LibraryApproved 68.46%
08/04/2015Castle Rock LibraryLevyApproved 61.11%
08/04/2015Spokane County Library SystemLevySpokane ValleyRejected (>60%) 57.57%
11/04/2014Sno-Isle LibrariesAnnexationStanwoodApproved 81.98%
11/04/2014Stevens County Rural Library DistrictLevyLid liftRejected 47.73%
11/04/2014Timberland Regional LibraryAnnexationWinlockApproved 70.26%
08/05/2014Castle Rock Public LibraryLevyExcess (funding) levyApproved 65.43%
08/05/2014Ocean Shores LibraryLevyLid LiftApproved 54.61%
04/22/2014Camano Island LibraryBondCapital Facilities AreaApproved 62.11%
04/22/2014Spokane Valley LibraryBondCapital Facilities AreaRejected (>60%) 54.86%
04/22/2014Spokane Valley LibraryEstablishmentCapital Facilities AreaApproved 59.28%
11/05/2013Timberland Regional LibraryAnnexationCity of ToledoApproved 65.96%
08/06/2013Camano Island LibraryCapital Facilities DistrictApproved 60.88%
08/06/2013Camano Island LibraryBondFormation fundingRejected (>60%) 58.71%
08/06/2013Port Townsend Public LibraryBondExpansionRejected 40.41%
04/23/2013Ferndale City Public LibraryFunding LevyApproved 62.07%
04/23/2013Libraries of Stevens CountyAnnexationCity of ChewelahApproved 85.73%
02/12/2013Spokane City LibraryLevyLid liftApproved 66.17%
11/06/2012Sedro WoolleyFormationPartial-County Library DistrictApproved 60.14%
11/06/2012Timberland Regional LibraryAnnexationCity of MortonApproved 72.75%
11/06/2012Whitman County Rural Library DistrictAnnexationTown of LamontApproved 96.88%
08/07/2012Ocean Shores LibraryLevyFunding LevyApproved 51.73%
08/07/2012Seattle Public LibraryLevyFunding LevyApproved 64.17%
08/07/2012Seattle Public LibraryAdvisoryRenton Location (Over the Cedar River vs West of the Piazza)Cedar River 76.40%
04/17/2012King County Library SystemAnnexationEnumclaw City LibraryApproved 50.71%
04/17/2012Ocean Shores LibraryLevyFunding LevyRejected 51.19%
02/14/2012Castle Rock Public LibraryLevyFunding LevyApproved 62.32%
11/08/2011Timberland Regional LibraryAnnexationCity of HoquiamApproved 72.77%
08/17/2011Castle Rock Public LibraryLevyOperatingRejected (>60%) 58.56%
08/17/2011Jefferson County Library DistrictBondBuilding ExpansionRejected 46.32%
08/17/2011Libraries of Stevens CountyLevyLid LiftRejected 40.59%
08/17/2011San Juan Island Library DistrictLevyLid LiftApproved 55.26%
10/17/2010Kitsap Regional LibraryLevyLid liftRejected 41.54%
10/17/2010Libraries of Stevens CountyAnnexationMarcusApproved 56.76%
10/17/2010Libraries of Stevens CountyLevyLid liftRejected 42.5%
10/17/2010Libraries of Stevens CountyAnnexationNorthportApproved 60.91%
10/17/2010Sno-Isle LibrariesAnnexationLangleyApproved 79.64%
08/17/2010Castle Rock Public LibraryLevyFunding levyApproved 62.34%
08/17/2010Fort Vancouver Regional LibraryLevyLevy liftApproved 50.19%
08/17/2010Kitsap Regional LibraryAnnexationPort OrchardApproved 71.58%
08/17/2010North Olympic Library SystemLevyLevy liftApproved 59.10%
08/17/2010Ocean Shores LibraryLevyFunding levyApproved 50.07%
08/17/2010Spokane County Rural Library DistrictLevyLevy liftApproved 54.86%
02/09/2010Asotin County LibraryLevyLevy liftApproved 63.09%
02/09/2010King County Library SystemLevyLid liftApproved 52.09%
02/09/2010King County Library SystemAnnexationRenton CityApproved 50.21%
11/03/2009Pierce County LibraryAnnexationFifeApproved 66.19%
11/03/2009Sno-Isle LibrariesLevyLevy liftApproved 52.06%
11/03/2009Whatcom County Library SystemLevyLevy liftApproved 51.02%
11/03/2009Whitman County LibraryAnnexationEndicottApproved 83.62%
11/03/2009Whitman County LibraryAnnexationFarmingtonApproved 79.63%
11/03/2009Whitman County LibraryLevyLevy liftApproved 65.81%
11/03/2009Whitman County LibraryAnnexationMaldenApproved 63.64%
08/18/2009Castle Rock Public LibraryLevyApproved 62.30%
08/18/2009Columbia County Rural Library DistrictAnnexationDaytonApproved 74.20%
02/03/2009Timberland Regional LibraryLevyLid liftRejected 44%
2008Castle Rock Public LibraryLevyOperating levyRejected 59.9%
08/19/2008Port Townsend Public LibraryLevyLid liftApproved 64.70%
08/19/2008Sno-Isle LibrariesCapital Facilities DistrictCoupevilleApproved 65.00%
08/19/2008Sno-Isle LibrariesBondCoupevilleApproved 60.63%
05/20/2008Liberty Lake Municipal LibraryBondJoint library/community centerRejected
05/20/2008Sno-Isle LibrariesAnnexationLake Stevens
05/20/2008Sno-Isle LibrariesCapital Improvement AreaArlingtonRejected 59.17%
05/20/2008Sno-Isle LibrariesAnnexationDarrington
05/20/2008Timberland Regional LibraryAnnexationAberdeenApproved 59.00%
03/11/2008Sno-Isle LibrariesAnnexationSultanApproved 82.11%
03/11/2008Spokane County Rural Library DistrictAnnexationSpangleApproved 66.25%
03/11/2008Spokane County Rural Library DistrictLevyAnnexation excess levyApproved 61.73%
03/11/2008Spokane County Rural Library DistrictCapital Facilities DistrictGreat Spokane Valley LibraryRejected 50.50%
2008City of Concrete LibraryDisolution
11/06/2007Castle Rock Public LibraryAnnual supportApproved 64.13%
05/15/2007Kitsap Regional LibraryLevyLid liftRejected
2007Jefferson County Library DistrictLevyLid liftApproved 62.00%
11/07/2006Castle Rock Public LibraryLevy59.55%
11/07/2006Libraries of Stevens CountyCapital Facilities DistrictLakesideApproved 56.14%
11/07/2006Libraries of Stevens CountyBondRejected
11/07/2006Lopez Island LibraryLevyLid liftApproved
11/07/2006Sno-Isle LibrariesAnnexationLynnwoodApproved 63.55%
11/07/2006Sno-Isle LibrariesCapital Improvement AreaArlingtonRejected 59.6%
11/07/2006Whitman County LibraryLevySpecial levyApproved 75.24%
09/19/2006Pierce County LibraryLevyLid lift55.76%
09/16/2006Fort Vancouver Regional LibraryApproved 63.4%
09/16/2006Pierce County LibraryApproved 76%
09/16/2006Sno-Isle LibrariesWoodwayRejected 77.23%
09/16/2006Spokane County Rural Library DistrictLevyLid liftApproved 59.00%
2006Sno-Isle LibrariesAnnexationLynwood
2006Yakima Valley Regional LibraryAnnexationCity of Yakima
2005Columbia County Rural Library DistrictFormation
2005Fort Vancouver Regional LibraryBondVancouverRejected 59.41%
2005Fort Vancouver Regional LibraryCapital Facilities DistrictVancouverApproved 61.47%
2005North Central Regional LibraryContractConconully, Okanogan CountyRejected 64.18%
2005Whitman County LibraryBondSt. JohnApproved
2005Yakima Valley Regional LibraryAnnexationSelah70%
2005King County Library SystemLevyLid liftApproved
2004Castle Rock Public Library64.12%
2004King County Library SystemAnnexationYarrow PointRejected 34.97%
2004Sno-Isle LibrariesBondSecond attemptRejected 56.08%
2004Whitman County LibraryAnnexationPalouse80.69%
2004Whitman County LibraryLevyEndicott75%
2004Whitman County LibraryAnnexationTekoa82.78%
2004King County Library SystemExpansion Bonds63.53%
2004Sno-Isle LibrariesAnnexationMill Creek67.92%
2004Sno-Isle LibrariesBondStanwoodRejected
2004Sno-Isle LibrariesCapital Facilities DistrictStanwood65.5%
2004Fort Vancouver Regional LibraryBondRejected 55.69%
2004Fort Vancouver Regional LibraryCapital Facilities District60.27%
2004Yakima Valley Regional LibraryAnnexationSunnysideApproved 77.45%
2004Pierce County LibraryOpeningDupont
2003Yale Valley Library DistrictFormationContracts with Fort Vancouver
2003Timberland Regional LibraryAnnexationSouth BendApproved 90.00%
2003Sno-Isle LibrariesLevyLid lift52%
2003Sno-Isle LibrariesAnnexationEdmonds
2003Spokane County Rural Library DistrictAnnexationDeer Park
12/31/2002Kittitas Public LibraryOtherRemoves funding for Library Director
2002Orcas Island Library DistrictLevyLid liftRejected
2002Yakima Valley Regional LibraryAnnexationZillah
11/06/2001Upper Skagit Library DistrictFormation
2001Sno-Isle LibrariesAnnexationEdmonds
2001Ritzville County Library District #2AnnexationCity of Ritzville
01/01/2001Prosser Public LibraryChange in ServiceContracting with Mid-Columbia Libraries
2001Mid-Columbia LibrariesAnnexationProsser
2000Othello Public LibraryAnnexationCity of Othello
2000Ritzville County Library District #2Formation
2000Seattle Public LibraryOpeningNewhalem
2000Othello Public LibraryFormationContracts with Mid-Columbia Libraries
2000Sno-Isle LibrariesCapital Facilities DistrictSnohomishApproved
2000Sno-Isle LibrariesCapital Facilities DistrictArlingtonRejected
2000Yakima Valley Regional LibraryAnnexationToppenish
2000Yakima Valley Regional LibraryAnnexationWapato
2000King County Library SystemAnnexationSammamish
01/30/1999Whatcom County Library SystemClosureNorth Cascades
1999Pierce County LibraryAnnexationDupont
1999Pierce County LibraryAnnexationMilton
1998Mid-Columbia LibrariesAnnexationCity of MesaApproved
1998Fort Vancouver Regional LibraryAnnexationNorth Bonneville LibraryApproved
1998Libraries of Stevens CountyFormation
1998Pierce County LibraryAnnexationMilton
1997Fort Vancouver Regional LibraryAnnexationWoodland
1997Kittitas Public LibraryFormationCounty Library DistrictRejected
1997Whatcom County Library SystemAnnexationLynden
1996Fort Vancouver Regional LibraryAnnexationWoodland LibraryApproved
11/05/1996Mid-Columbia LibrariesAnnexationCity of ConnellApproved
1996Fort Vancouver Regional LibraryAnnexationLaCenter LibraryApproved
1996Cowlitz County Partial Library DistrictFormationApproved
1996Fort Vancouver Regional LibraryOpeningCascade Park
1996Libraries of Stevens CountyOpeningHunters
1996Libraries of Stevens CountyOpeningKettle River East
1996Libraries of Stevens CountyOpeningKettle Falls
1996Libraries of Stevens CountyOpeningLakeside
09/19/1995Mid-Columbia LibrariesAnnexationCity of KennewickApproved 74.98%
1994Cowlitz County Partial Library DistrictFormationRejected
1994Fort Vancouver Regional LibraryAnnexationStevenson LibraryApproved
1994King County Library SystemAnnexationDes Moines
1994King County Library SystemAnnexationCarnation
09/14/1993Mid-Columbia LibrariesAnnexationCity of Benton CityApproved 77.03%
1993Fort Vancouver Regional LibraryLevyLid liftApproved
1993LaConner Rural Partial County Library DistrictFormation
09/15/1992Spokane County Rural Library DistrictLevyLid lift59%
1991King County Library SystemAnnexationNormandy Park
1991King County Library SystemAnnexationClyde Hill
1991King County Library SystemAnnexationMedina
1991King County Library SystemAnnexationBeaux Art
02/06/1990King County Library SystemAnnexationFederal Way
1990King County Library SystemAnnexationAlgona
1990King County Library SystemAnnexationIssaquah
1990King County Library SystemAnnexationRedmond
1990King County Library SystemAnnexationKirkland
1990King County Library SystemAnnexationPacific
1988King County Library SystemAnnexationNorth Bend
1987Kittitas Public LibraryFormationCounty Library DistrictRejected
1982Lopez Island LibraryFormationCounty Library DistrictApproved
1982Orcas Island Library DistrictFormationCounty Library DistrictApproved
1982San Juan Island Library DistrictFormationCounty Library DistrictApproved
1981Cowlitz County Partial Library DistrictFormationRejected
1980Cowlitz County Partial Library DistrictFormationRejected
11/06/1979Pend Oreille Rural County Library DistrictFormation
11/07/1978Jefferson County Library DistrictFormationCounty Library District
1978Cowlitz County Partial Library DistrictFormationRejected
1972Walla Walla County Rural Library DistrictFormation
1964Asotin County LibraryFormationCounty Library
1960South Puget Sound Regional LibraryFormationCity of Olympia joined with Thurston-Mason Rural Library District
1948Fort Vancouver Regional Library?Skamania County represented
1948Mid-Columbia LibrariesFormationIntercounty rural library district
1948Thurston-Mason Rural Library DistrictFormationFirst intercounty rural library district
1944Chelan CountyFormationCounty Library District
1944Klallam CountyFormationCounty Library District
1944Kitsap Regional LibraryFormationCounty Library District
1944Pierce County LibraryFormationCounty Library District
1944Snohomish County LibraryFormationCounty Library District
1944Whatcom County Library SystemFormationCounty Library District
1944Yakima CountyFormationCounty Library District
1942Grays HarborFormationCounty Library District
1942King County Library SystemFormationCounty Library District
1942Pacific County LibraryFormationCounty Library District
1942Spokane County Rural Library DistrictFormationCounty Library District
1942Thurston County LibraryFormationCounty Library District
1942Clark CountyFormationFirst county system in Washington State
King County Library SystemAnnexationAuburn
North Central Regional LibraryOpeningBrewster Library
Pierce County LibraryOpeningGig Harbor
Ritzville County Library District #2LevyRaised levy
Spokane County Rural Library DistrictAnnexationSpokane Valley86%
Sno-Isle LibrariesOpeningClinton
Spokane County Rural Library DistrictOpeningIndian Trail