How to Work out of a Library

Whether your local library is in the heart of Kingston or next to the Manchester waterfront, it is likely a great place to get some work done.

Libraries are open to all; they come equipped with Wi-Fi and features that freelancers, independent professionals and entrepreneurs need and provide a quiet place to focus.

Here’s an overview of working out of your local library:

Libraries have Wi-Fi
Regardless of your profession, chances are good that you need Wi-Fi access. From emails and social media to website development, graphic design and consultation, reliable Wi-Fi is a must-have. It has become a core part of library offerings worldwide and is free at Kitsap Regional Library.

Workspace Variety
Some days you may want to work in a study room, while others may be heads-down and focused on a project or meeting with a client in a sitting area. The Library offers a variety of workspaces, depending on what you need on any given day. Peruse different amenities and features by branch location here.

Anyone can reserve a 30-45 minute virtual or in-person session with a librarian for help with library services and resources, outreach opportunities, reference questions and more with Book-a-Librarian.

Computer Access
If you have a laptop, you can go into a library and start working. But even if you don’t, you can work out of a library. The Library offers public computers for library patrons to use at each location. 

Printer and Scanner
Even the most hardcore paper-free professional will likely need to print or scan something at some point. All of our branch locations have print, scan and fax capabilities. Free printing of up to 50 pages per day is available.

Work/Home Separation
If you’re a freelancer or independent professional, or you work from home, and you're looking for a change of scenery, the line between work and home can get blurry. If you’re always in your home workplace, it’s hard not to always be working. Working out of a library lets you set work hours and better separate your work and home life.

Professional Development
Discover online resources to help you to conduct business research, find funding for a nonprofit idea, learn more about stocks and build new skills here.

Meet & Study Rooms
At some point, you may need a meeting room to give a presentation or meet with your team. The Library provides free, accessible large and small spaces to support our community's needs. Rooms are available to the public on equal terms and abide by the Library’s Meeting Room Policy and Standards for Patron Conduct and guidelines specific to each of our nine locations. While Kitsap Regional Library spaces are free, some rooms are owned by community partners who may charge fees for their use.

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