Want to avoid the traffic nightmare in downtown Seattle this winter, during the three-week complete closure of SR-99 and subsequent six weeks of road work? Those of us who commute through downtown are being asked by state and local officials to leave our cars at home, including by telecommuting if we can. If steering clear of the mess sounds great to you, but spending two months working from your kitchen table doesn’t, I suggest working from your local library.
If your work allows you to telecommute, co-working from the library has some amazing benefits. At no charge to you, King County libraries offer:
- Meeting and conference rooms
- Convenient parking
- Evening and weekend hours
- Nearly 50 locations around the county
- Beautiful, modern spaces filled with light and art (and where you’re surrounded by the nicest environment I can imagine – shelves full of books!)
- No pressure to buy anything, ever
- Free WiFi
- Printing and copying
- Desktop computers with Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite products
- Faxing and scanning (select libraries only)
- The Bellevue Library ideaX Makerspace
- Access to a huge variety of premium databases and journals for business and career information (Full disclosure: you can use these from home, too – but if you haven’t, come in and let us show you what they can do for you!)
- Friendly, helpful staff
- Expert assistance! Did you know that your librarians can help you learn to use our technology, conduct market research for your business, write a resume, or learn new skills for that next promotion? If you have a question, we can help you find an answer.
- Nonprofit and grant-seeker assistance at the Nonprofit and Philanthropy Resource Center in Redmond.
- And when you’re done with your work day, of course we can help you find a great book so you can decompress.
Major road closure or not, telecommuting can be a way to reclaim your time and gain more control over your work environment. But sometimes working from home can be challenging too, with the demands of family, pets, chores, and that never-ending to-do list pulling your attention away. The library combines some of the advantages of home and office: a familiar, accessible neighborhood spot where you can find a welcoming space, access to technology, and a helping hand. Find your nearest library, and come work with us!