About the Library

Designed in Renaissance Revival style by James T. Walsh, it was built by Willapa Construction and opened in 1913.  It has been in continuous use as the city’s library since. The library remains largely unchanged and includes the original shelving and reference desk. The library became wheelchair accessible in 2006 with the addition of an ADA restroom and wheelchair lift.  The building continues to be owned by the City of South Bend. The library became part of the Timberland Regional Library System in 1968.

In August 2018, Timberland administration closed the library due to safety concerns.   

After receiving an anonymous donation of $100,000, the Friends were able to complete the abatement work required by the Department of Labor and Industry and the library reopened in January 2019.

About Us
Friends of the South Bend Public Library
PO Box 425
South Bend, WA 98586 

The Friends of the South Bend Library is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization in South Bend, WA. We were incorporated in 1983 and regained our federal tax-exempt status in July 2018. Our mission is to focus public attention on the library; to receive and encourage gifts, endowments, and bequests to the library; and to support the development and maintenance of community library facilities and services.

We’re currently fundraising for structural repairs to the library.