The Scandinavian Collection holds nonfiction volumes on an array of subjects including arts, crafts, cooking, culture, local community history, children’s books, and the history of Scandinavian nations. The collection's purpose is to support and celebrate the cultural presence of the Scandinavian-American community in Poulsbo. For the purposes of this collection Scandinavia is defined as the countries of Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, and Finland.
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.
- Building owner: Kitsap Regional Library
- Major Expansion/Remodel: 2001
- Size: 11,835 square feet
- Population served: 24,315