WCLS closes library buildings

Effective Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) buildings will be closed to the public. WCLS staff made the decision to close library buildings after consulting with Whatcom County Health Department officials, who encouraged the change in response to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Whatcom County and to further reduce the spread … Read more

WCLS responds to Gov. Jay Inslee’s modified opening plan

Oct. 7, 2020 – BELLINGHAM, WA –- Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) administrators are reviewing Gov. Jay Inslee’s Oct. 6 announcement (https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-updates-safe-start-reopening-plan)  that library buildings may re-open at 25 percent capacity during Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start plan. Opening dates for Whatcom County library buildings have not been set. Whatcom County health guidelines as … Read more

WCLS offers curbside pickup and other library services for patrons during building closures

Although library buildings remain closed to the public, the Whatcom County Library System is offering a wide range of services, including curbside pickup of library materials, free WiFi access from branch parking lots, and online Summer Reading programs. Here is an overview of current library services. Curbside pickup of library materials: Using your library card … Read more

Online initiative gathers multimedia impressions of local life during COVID-19

How will we remember life in Bellingham and Whatcom County during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy quarantine? Peoples’ Perspectives: COVID-19 in Whatcom County, a new online initiative organized by a coalition of local organizations, invites community members to record their impressions. Visit wcls.org/covidperspectives to see the selection of multimedia projects, to view stories gathered so … Read more

WCLS prepares for phased return to service

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View Phase 2 service schedule updates here. Now that Whatcom County is moving to Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start plan, Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) staff are ready to go with a safe phased approach to services. Reopening will happen in stages to protect the health of library staff and the public. WCLS’s plan … Read more

UPDATE 4/5/2020: WCLS closes branches to mitigate COVID-19 spread

April 5, 2020 update: Library programs are cancelled until further notice. Due to current public health guidelines, Whatcom County Library System has cancelled or postponed all programs, events, branch services and outreach activities until further notice. We will share updates — and free online library resources you can use at home — on our website and social media … Read more

UPDATE 3/10/2020 COVID-19 information and resources, library event cancellations

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to current guidance from public health officials, Whatcom County Library System is cancelling all branch programs, events, meeting room bookings, and outreach activities during the month of March. At this time, all branch locations continue to operate with normal hours. Find out more about our response to COVID-19 and how to access … Read more