TPL welcomes a Social Worker to its team

Tacoma Public Library has become the latest public library system to add a social worker to its team. Samie Iverson, MSW, contributes more than 15 years of experience working in various roles of social work within the Pierce County community.   

Library patrons can meet with Samie at a library to consult about accessing social services, mental health resources, shelter or housing, and much more.   

Social worker Samie Iverson will visit neighborhood libraries on a rotating schedule:  

Moore Library   

Wednesdays from 1– 6 p.m.      

Swasey Library   

Fridays, 1— 6p.m.      

Mottet Library  and South Tacoma Library   

Alternating Saturdays, 1– 6 p.m.

Schedule subject to change or may vary on select days - feel free to check the TPL Events Calendar Social Work Support with Samie for exact dates and times!  


“Libraries are often the first place people go when they need help,” stated Deputy Director Amita Lonial. “As our patrons’ needs are becoming more complex, and beyond the scope of library workers’ training, many public library systems have added social workers to their staff to be able to provide the level of help our patrons need.”  

Along with a social worker onsite, Tacoma Public Library also invests in public well-being through strategic partnerships in the community such as the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department to distribute COVID-19 tests, the Dave Purchase Project for naloxone, and with Tacomaprobono to provide free legal services.