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HeritageQuest Online genealogy researchDiscover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. Contains essential genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help you find your ancestors and discover a place’s past.

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Goodbye to Tumbleboooks Print Email

WCLS's Tumblebooks subscription will end on September 1st, so access to Tumblebooks will cease after August 31st.  (Tumblebooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books.)   The WA Anytime Library narrated picture books are an alternative to Tumblebooks.  These titles can be found by first searching for Children Fiction (top right corner of homepage in the green search category box), then refining the search using Format Feature/OverDrive Read with narration (pictured below).  Questions?  Let us help - Ask a Librarian!

Health and Wellness Print Email

Summer's here and what better time to think about the health of you and your family?  The Health and Wellness Resource Center database is your one-stop source for quality information. Find out how to deal with summer's sunburn, mosquito bites, and heat dehydration.  Look up a specific drug and the symptoms it treats.  Or search by symptom and find out what drugs treat those symptoms.  Find a medical term confusing?  Look it up in the dictionary section.  Then stay up to date on health and medical issues in "Topics in the News."


This database offers information from trusted medical reference books, journals, and dictionaries. There are several tabs on the homepage to direct you to the type of information that you require:

• “Diseases & Conditions” has in-depth articles from the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine including descriptions, symptoms and prevention information.
• “Drugs” can be searched by a specific medicine’s name. There are links to articles for the consumer about descriptions of use, warnings, drug interactions and allergies.
• “Directories” can be used to search for addresses, phone numbers and website information from the Medical and Health Information Directory.
• “Dictionary” supplies definitions to medical terms from the Mosby's Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary.
• “Trusted Sites” is an invaluable list of reviewed websites, grouped by subject including asthma, cancer, pediatrics and senior health.
• “Health Assessment” provides calculators from various sources for determining if you are at risk.

This database is recommended for additional information only and not to replace consultation with a doctor.

Find out what all the hoopla is about! Print Email


WCLS is excited to announce the availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, and audiobooks for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital.  All you need is a valid Whatcom County Library Card.

You will have access to:

  • Over 100,000 full length music albums
  • Over 80% of the top Billboard titles
  • New albums available on the street release date.
  • Over 7,000 movies across various genres.

Never wait for any item, all titles are always available.

Ancestry @ Your Library Print Email

If you are delving into family records, there is a good chance that you will find yourself using that in-depth and amazing genealogical resource:  Ancestry Library Edition.  

Save yourself the subscription fee!  Ancestry is now available at every WCLS branch. All you need to do to access it is to be on a library computer or using library wifi.  

You can email documents you discover to your home email, or save them to a thumb drive to browse at your leisure.  So put your coffee in a travel mug, get your family history loving self to one of our branches, and find that obituary, census record or birth certificate that’s the missing link in your family story.  

Please share any great discoveries or frustrations with library staff-we are here to celebrate your family research, and of course to help when you get stuck.  

Here are some tutorials to help you get started.

WCLS Apps that Get You Stuff Print Email

All you’ll need is your library card to get started with these…

Freegal Music

Access a collection of almost 7 million songs.

Google Play Store


Overdrive/Washington State Anytime Library

One of the ways you access ebooks and audiobooks.  Our ebooks can be read with other apps (like Kindle) as well.

Google Play Store


Washington State Library Now

Quick access to your account, ebooks, catalog and a librarian to chat with 24/7.  This app is how I place most my requests.  If it's midnight and you need help downloading a book check with the online librarian, they are great!

Google Play Store



E-magazine subscriptions!   Before you download this app, you need to set up two accounts to get the full benefit of being a library member.  Take a look at this FAQ to get you started!

Google Play Store



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