Montesano Timberland Library

Montesano Timberland Library - W.H. Abel Memorial History

Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Montesano Library

The Montesano Library was built in 1960 by the Abel family as a memorial to W. H. Abel. It served as a headquarters library for the Grays Harbor Rural Library District. With the vote to establish the Timberland Regional Library district in 1968, it became the property of TRL. The Library proudly celebrated its 60th year of service on September 9, 2020.

2019 - 2020 Refresh

After 60 years of service, the library was in need of a few repairs and upgrades.

In December of 2018, the public restroom flooded causing extensive damage. The bathrooms, circulation desk, and carpet had to be completely replaced.

Flooding outside the restrooms
Temporary circulation desk
Carpet was replaced
Repaired carpet and circulation desk

In November of 2019, the roof was replaced thanks to funds approved by the Board of Trustees and help from the Montesano Friends of the Library.

In the Summer of 2020, the exterior was painted to a new color and the garden was replaced in the Fall.

Exterior Paint

The library building was updated with a new exterior color.

Previous paint
New paint


The landscaping was updated to be more engaging for our patrons. The garden is a Shakespeare Garden, everything planted in the garden is mentioned by the bard himself. There are several small plaques that help identify the plant and provide the quote from Shakespeare that mentions the plant.

Example of previous condition of some of the plants
New plants
Before: Shakespeare statue and landscaping
After: Shakespeare statue
Before: Shakespeare statue located in the middle of the image
After: Shakespeare statue located in middle of the image
The Montesano library refresh was made possible by the funds approved by the Board of Trustees and help from the Friends of the Montesano Library