Poulsbo library's Scandinavian Collection holds volumes on an array of subjects ranging from Finnish knitting patterns, Norwegian style woodcarving and Swedish interior design to Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic phrase books and dictionaries, memoirs of Scandinavian immigrants, scenic travel guides, Nordic history, biographies of Scandinavians, music, dance and an assortment of children's books. Some are in Scandinavian languages but the majority are in English, including nearly a hundred novels by Scandinavian authors.
The Poulsbo community has had a library since 1918 when the local Civic Club founded the community’s first public library with support from the town council. In 1946, the library contracted with the Kitsap County Rural Library District. In 1959, a levy was passed to support a new building on a town-owned lot. The City of Poulsbo managed the library until the mid-1980s when the city voted to join the Kitsap Regional Library’s system. In 1998, voters of North Kitsap approved a bond measure to expand and remodel the Poulsbo location’s library. The new building opened in 2001 and is owned and maintained by the City of Poulsbo.
- Building owner: City of Poulsbo
- Major Expansion/Remodel: 2001
- Size: 11,835 square feet
- Population served: 24,315