A State’s Library Card Gallery

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Education & Research

Your library card is probably on this map of Washington (or in the gallery below).  The map is a mosaic of almost 100 different cards from public libraries around the state.

Amazing things, library cards.  The cards themselves are often merely a piece of barcoded plastic, but the people and services standing behind them multiply the value exponentially. Cards offer their owners access to books, media, databases, and resources which in turn convert to imagination, education, careers, and assistance in countless forms.

We contacted every public library in Washington and asked them to contribute a card (real or digital image) to our project.  The first card arrived within ten minutes.  Most other libraries responded over the following weeks as we checked back a couple more times. Some librarians loved the idea. They balked at sending us just one design; they boasted several cards and wanted to show off each and every one.  We’re very grateful for their enthusiasm.

In the end we collected 99 cards from 49 different library systems, mixed them into the mosaic shown above and added them to the illustrated list below. (FYI: There are 58 library systems in Washington that use cards and two that don’t.  Only nine libraries did not submit cards to the project.)  UPDATE 8/5/13: We have received an additional card from a 50th library and will include it in the gallery at a later date.

  • The mosaic (above): It’s hard to see details clearly, but we assure you that all the library cards we received are on the map at least once.  Many of them, particularly those featuring green, appear multiple times.
  • The list (below): We conceived this project as a colorful gallery showing off the variety of library cards and the vitality of libraries in Washington.  Some images tout a child’s first card, appeal to teen audiences, or show the joy of reading.  Several show a library building, local landmarks, scenery, or wildlife.  Many other cards are infused with pride for the various communities each library serves.  There are line drawings, photos, graphics, and designs contest winners. There are also cards without marketing glitz of any kind; they proudly do their job with the utilitarian efficiency of a name on paper.

Can you find your card?  If  you don’t have a card from your local library, for crying out loud go get one now!  We’ll wait for you.


PUBLIC LIBRARY CARDS IN WASHINGTON STATE

All 96 cards are arranged here in alphabetical order by library name except for the four vertical cards that we tucked in at the end to make the images line up well.

Anacortes Public Library Asotin County Library
Anacortes Public Library <<->> Asotin County Library
Asotin County Library Asotin County Library
Asotin County Library
Asotin County Library Asotin County Library
Asotin County Library
Asotin County Library Bellingham Public Library
Asotin County Library <<->> Bellingham Public Library
Cathlamet Public Library Columbia County Rural Library District
Cathlamet Public Library <<->> Columbia County Rural Library District
Denny Ashby Library (Pomeroy) Ellensburg Public Library
Denny Ashby Library (Pomeroy) <<->> Ellensburg Public Library
Everett Public Library Everett Public Library
Everett Public Library
Everett Public Library Everett Public Library
Everett Public Library
Everett Public Library Everett Public Library
Everett Public Library
Fort Vancouver Regional Library Grandview Library
Fort Vancouver Regional Library District <<->> Grandview Library
Harrington Library Hesseltine Library (Wilbur)
Harrington Library <<->> Hesseltine Library (Wilbur)
Jefferson County Library Kalama Public Library
Jefferson County Library <<->> Kalama Public Library
King County Library King County Library
King County Library System
King County Library King County Library
King County Library System
King County Library King County Library
King County Library System
King County Library King County Library
King County Library System
King County Library King County Library
King County Library System
Kitsap Regional Library LaConner Regional Library
Kitsap Regional Library<<->> LaConner Regional Library
Liberty Lake Municipal Library Longview Public Library
Liberty Lake Municipal Library <<->> Longview Public Library
Lopez Island Library Mid-Columbia Libraries
Lopez Island Library <<->> Mid-Columbia Libraries
Mid-Columbia Libraries Mid-Columbia Libraries
Mid-Columbia Libraries
Mid-Columbia Libraries Mount Vernon City Library
Mid-Columbia Libraries <<->> Mount Vernon City Library
Neill Public Library (Pullman) North Central Regional Library
Neill Public Library (Pullman) <<->> North Central Regional Library
North Central Regional Library North Olympic Library System
North Central Regional Library <<->> North Olympic Library System
North Olympic Library System North Olympic Library System
North Olympic Library System
North Olympic Library System North Olympic Library System
North Olympic Library System
Orcas Island Public Library Ocean Shores Library
Orcas Island Public Library <<->> Ocean Shores Library
Ocean Shores Library Ocean Shores Library
Ocean Shores Library
Ocean Shores Library Pierce County Library System
Ocean Shores Library <<->> Pierce County Library System
Pierce County Library System Pierce County Library System
Pierce County Library System
Pierce County Library System Pend Oreille County Library District
Pierce County Library System <<->> Pend Oreille County Library District
Port Townsend Public Library Puyallup Public Library
Port Townsend Public Library <<->> Puyallup Public Library
Richland Public Library Richland Public Library
Richland Public Library
Richland Public Library Ritzville Library District
Richland Public Library <<->> Ritzville Library District
Roslyn Public Library San Juan Island Library District
Roslyn Public Library <<->> San Juan Island Library
San Juan Island Library District Seattle Public Library
San Juan Island Library <<->> Seattle Public Library
Seattle Public Library Seattle Public Library
Seattle Public Library
Seattle Public Library Seattle Public Library
Seattle Public Library
Seattle Public Library Sno-Isle Public Library
Seattle Public Library <<->> Sno-Isle Public Library
Sno-Isle Public Library Spokane County Library District
Sno-Isle Public Library <<->> Spokane County Library District
Spokane Public Library Spokane Public Library
Spokane Public Library
Sprague Public Library Libraries of Stevens County
Sprague Public Library <<->> Libraries of Stevens County
Timberland Regional Library Timberland Regional Library
Timberland Regional Library
Walla Walla Public Library Washington State Library
Walla Walla Public Library <<->> Washington State Library
Weller Public Library (Waitsburg) Whatcom County Library System
Weller Public Library (Waitsburg) <<->> Whatcom County Library System
Whatcom County Library System Whatcom County Library System
Whatcom County Library System
Whatcom County Library System Whitman County Library
Whatcom County Library System <<->> Whitman County Library
Yakima Valley Libraries
Yakima Valley Libraries
Burlington Public Library Pierce County Library System
Burlington Public Library <<->> Pierce County Library System
Walla Walla Public Library Whatcom County Library System
Walla Walla Public Library <<->> Whatcom County Library System


MOSAIC by Steve Campion

SOURCE:  All the card images in this gallery appear courtesy of the libraries from which they came.  We collected them in June and July, 2013 — by mail, e-mail, and in person. Some libraries provided us with more than one.  Yay, librarians!  Thank you.

NOTE: We at WA-List enjoy creating and sharing lists about Washington. We also work in a public library system and have active cards from five other libraries to boot.  As colorful as those cards are, we find their usefulness even more valuable.  It’s no wonder that we eventually hit on the idea of gathering a list — a gallery — of library cards from all across the state.  We were surprised no one had done it before.

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6 Responses to “A State’s Library Card Gallery”

  1. Earlene Says:

    I would love to use this for a poster.
    is it OK? Could you send me the file?

  2. Ruth Says:

    I hadn’t thought about a poster until reading Earlene’s comment but that’s a great idea. Could I get the full-size file as well?

  3. Steve Campion Says:

    Thanks for your interest. We’d love to see it as a poster. At the current resolution, though, the mosaic won’t scale to a printed poster very well. I’ll see if I can re-image it with that in mind.

  4. Jeannie Allen Says:

    Do you have a higher resolution version where we might be able to identify the cards in the image?

  5. Anna Says:

    I would also love a higher resolution version!

  6. Linda Says:

    Wonderful to see a card from Wilbur! I didn’t finish telling you about my exciting road trip to Wilbur this summer. sorry to say the library was closed when I was there. I think they are open two days per week for two hours each day.