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

Read “Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home” and attend virtual events with thru-hiking legend Heather “Anish” Anderson

Photo of author Heather Anderson reading her book, "Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home"

Looking for inspiration during this time at home? Whatcom County Library System’s Read & Share has the solution. For their second annual countywide reading program, WCLS staff selected thru-hiking legend Heather “Anish” Anderson’s memoir of adventure and discovery, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home. Check out the book at local libraries. It’s also available as a … Read more

Discover and share legendary library card services during Library Card Sign-Up Month

Image of Sasquatch and friends with get a library card message

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Throughout the month, Sasquatch and friends will be inviting our community to discover Whatcom County Library System’s legendary services via social media activities, website messages, a simplified sign-up form, print and digital advertising, “Explorations” (our quarterly newsletter direct mailed to all homes), banners and yard signs, and more. We … 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

Libraries launch annual summer reading program

Summer Reading graphic of young person reading

A summer reading program for kids, teens and adults launches June 1 at local public libraries. Because library buildings currently remain closed due to COVID-19 public health guidance, there are a few changes this year, but the annual program’s focus on discovery remains the same. The Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library System team up each year to provide … Read more

Online day of giving supports libraries

Library Giving Day is April 23. Click here to Donate online.

During this time of staying home and staying healthy, record numbers of people are accessing Whatcom County Library System’s free digital services. Now, they can say thanks by donating to support library programming during the second annual Library Giving Day campaign, a one-day online fundraising event on Thursday, April 23, 2020.  Library Giving Day donations … Read more