North Mason Timberland Library

North Mason Library History

The North Mason library began in 1950 in Dorothy Newkirk Harper's Belfair Drug store. The drug store was sold in 1958 and when the new owner relocated the store in 1966, the library moved to leased space in the back of a TV shop. In July 1976, it was moved to slightly larger leased space until September 1979.

A new library was opened in November 1979. The Friends of the North Mason Library purchased the land for the library building and deeded the property to the district. TRL purchased additional land at the current site on which a new 14,400 square foot library was built.

The old North Mason building was recycled and moved by barge where it reopened as the Hoodsport library in March 1997. The new North Mason building was opened in March 1998.

2020 Refresh

North Mason library was closed from December 1, 2020 through January 12, 2021 for its first major refresh since it opened in 1998.

Main space during the refresh
Temporary storage during the refresh

Improvements included:

  • Improved returns and service desk areas
  • New furniture
  • Upgraded landscaping
  • New flooring
  • New interior paint

Returns and Service Desks

The returns and service desks were updated to allow us more opportunities to serve patrons and for ease of cleaning.

Previous service desk
Demolition of previous service desk
Service desk removed
Returns (left) and service desks (right) with new flooring, countertops, and paint

New Furniture

Example of previous furniture
Furniture ready for our patrons once we reopen at full capacity, can you spot the new items?
New children's furniture in fun shapes
This table will be used for Maker Space, available for early learners to explore and create at the library's Maker Station with hands on activities
New seating available in the refreshed teens area

Reorganized Shelving

Shelving was rearranged to open the space and increase accessibility for all patrons.

Shelving before the refresh
Open space after the refresh allows patrons to browse in comfort
Refreshed children's area with improved shelving and new carpet
Shelving in the teens area

New Flooring & Paint

Flooring, carpet, and paint were updated throughout the building.

Demolition of main carpet area
Updated entryway flooring replaced the previous carpet
View facing the front doors


The Evergreen Garden Club has helped us greatly improve our landscaping around the library
This project is still in progress
The North Mason library renovation was made possible by the help of the Friends of the North Mason Library and the Board of Trustees.