Become a Friend of the Library

Do you love your library and want to support it financially? You can donate to the Friends of the Library.

The Friends of West Slope Community Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports the library with critical funding. In the past few years, financial support from the Friends has made the following (and much more) possible:

  • additional books for children, teens, and adults
  • creation of a board game collection for children and families
  • free editions of BookPage for readers
  • literacy programs for children
  • cultural and recreational programs for teens and adults
  • Summer Reading prizes for children, teens, and adults
  • new front desks
  • tables wired for laptop users
  • bookcases
  • shelving & display carts
  • bulletin boards

West Slope Library cannot accept financial donations directly. Instead, you can donate to the Friends online or at the library with cash or a check made out to the Friends.

Looking for other ways to support the library? Find out more about donating books and other materials to the Friends or volunteering at the library.

WCCLS Celebrates 40 Years

Join us in celebrating 40 years of cooperative library services in Washington County!

WCCLS 40 YearsIn 1976, Washington County voters approved the first countywide funding measure to support public library access for all residents. West Slope Community Library was among the 10 original member libraries that formed the cooperative. Founded in 1950 by the Women’s Century Club in the basement of a bank on Canyon Road, West Slope Library and its patrons benefited greatly from joining WCCLS. The cooperative made getting a library card easier for residents, and its shared catalog greatly expanded the number of items available to cardholders.

West Slope Library Construction
West Slope Library construction site (1979)
In 1979, levy funds were used to build the core of West Slope Library’s current building on the grounds of Raleigh Park Elementary School. In the years since, West Slope Library has expanded its building and its offerings to include hundreds of programs every year for children and adults, tens of thousands of books and movies, and new collections like games and toys. WCCLS has also grown, adding new libraries and expanding its online resources to include services like and ebook apps like Cloud Library and Overdrive.

To celebrate 40 years, WCCLS is offering commemorative library cards and a fun passport activity! Pick up a passport at any WCCLS library. Then visit at least 6 different libraries to have your passport stamped and you will be entered in grand prize drawings near the end of the year. The passport program runs September 10 through December 16. Learn more at

Each individual library will be celebrating the 40th anniversary with its own event this fall. At West Slope Library on Thursday, November 10, we will be celebrating with storyteller Alton Chung and his “Tales of Thanks.”

Questions? Please ask us.

Emergency Preparedness Fair

The next big Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake is overdue, which is a good reason to make sure you’re ready for any kind of disaster with an emergency plan and emergency kit.

On Wednesday, September 21 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm the library will host an Emergency Preparedness Fair at Raleigh Park Elementary School. Representatives from the following organizations will be present with resources on how to prepare for earthquakes and other disasters:

At 6:30pm the American Red Cross will present “Prepare!” during the fair, with simple steps you and your family can take to be ready when disaster strikes.

Cascadia Subduction Zone
This event is free and open to all ages. No registration required.

Questions? Please contact us.