Due to the region’s excessive heat, Pierce County Libraries and other facilities are inviting people to stop by and cool off. With temperatures expected to exceed 95 degrees in some places this week, these air-conditioned facilities can be valuable respites from the heat. Citizens are also encouraged to take advantage of cooler air in other public buildings such as movie theaters, malls and other stores with air conditioning.
Everyone is welcome at the following cooling centers. The following are the locations and times the facilities will be open (please note, no food or beverages will be provided):
- DuPont Library, 154 Wilmington Drive, 11am-8 pm M-W, 11am-6pm Th-F
- Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd SW, 10am -9pm M-Th, 10am-6pm F
- Steilacoom Library, 2950 Steilacoom Blvd, 10am -8pm M-W, 11am-6pm Th-F
- Tillicum Library, 14916 Washington Ave S.W, 1pm – 8pm M&T, 12:30pm-8pm W, 12:30- 5pm Th, 1pm-5pm F
- University Place Library, 7315 27th St W., 10am -9pm M-Th, 10am-6pm F
- Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St SW, 9 am -5pm M-Th, Not available Friday
In addition, all Lowe’s and Petsmart locations allow people and their pets to come in and get out of the heat. Pets need to be on a leash or in a crate and owners must provide water if they plan on being in the store for long periods of time.