Apply to serve on WCLS Board of Trustees

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) seeks a Whatcom County resident who loves libraries to fill a partial term on the WCLS Board of Trustees. Initial applications will be reviewed June 1, 2022. This term will expire Jan. 31, 2025. Library trustees’ responsibilities include: 

  • Being an advocate for the library system and the community it serves. 
  • Establishing a mission, vision and strategic plan for the future of the library system. 
  • Observing and assessing the effectiveness of the library system.
  • Establishing and implementing policies for the library system. 
  • Participating in the facilities and budget planning for the library system.
  • Evaluating the performance of the executive director of the library system.

Candidates should live in Whatcom County, outside the city limits of Bellingham. Those with deep ties to Whatcom County communities are encouraged to apply. Previous experience with accounting or finance, marketing or community relations, government or legal matters, education or libraries, or human resources is desirable. Trustees must share WCLS’s values in People, Community, Curiosity and Stewardship and believe in our mission to Connect information, ideas and community.

Applications for the WCLS Board of Trustees are accepted at the Whatcom County administrative office. Applicants are appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the Whatcom County Council. Please click the following links for the Application Form and more information on How to Apply. In addition to meeting the expectations for Whatcom County board and commission members, WCLS Board of Trustees members must be able to uphold the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read Statement, the Washington Library Association Intellectual Freedom Section and the WCLS Board of Trustees BylawsTrustee Code of Ethics and Conflict of Interest Policy.

The Whatcom County Library System and the Bellingham Public Library are two separate, reciprocal library systems. Bellingham Public Library is currently seeking candidates for a vacancy on their Board of Trustees. If you live inside the Bellingham city limits and would like to serve on the Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees, you may submit an application through May 23, 2022, on their webpage,, or by clicking this link

The five volunteer members of the WCLS Board of Trustees are appointed by the Whatcom County executive. The library board is responsible for budget oversight and setting policy for WCLS. Day-to-day management is entrusted to the executive director, who is hired by the board. Regular public meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month. Visit for more information.