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4804 Tolt Ave.
Carnation, 98014

Open Hours:

  • Monday - Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • 10am-9pm
  • 10am-6pm
  • 10am-5pm
  • closed
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About the Carnation Library

Opened: January 31, 2009

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  • 1 Meeting Room
  • Design-build construction
  • Front porch area with ample bicycle parking
  • Peter Reiquam sculpture at library entrance
  • Original cedar murals and relief carvings salvaged from the old building
  • Unique collection of handwoven Native American baskets
  • Designed by Miller-Hull Partnership
  • 5,000 square feet


1924: Opening of Carnation's first library, funded by the Tolt Civic Improvement Club's formal silver teas, rummage sales, and magazine subscription sales

1947: Carnation contracts with KCLS for library service

1966: A bond issue, donations, and federal funds provide $88,000 for a new building and collection

1972: Nine of the original 28 members of the Tolt Civic Improvement Club attend the opening celebration of the current Carnation Library

1991: Renovation complete

1992: KCLS annexation

2004: Carnation voters pass the Capital Bond measure at the highest passage rate of all cities served by KCLS

2009: 500 people (about a quarter of the city's population) attend the opening of the new 5,000 square-foot Carnation Library

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Last Updated: 06/24/14