WCLS buildings reopen March 1

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) buildings will reopen to the public Monday, March 1, 2021. The county libraries will have modified services, limited hours, and entry requirements for in-person visits in accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington plan. Curbside pickup of library materials will continue. Visit wcls.org/info or call a county library for branch-specific … Read more

Whatcom READS invites you to read the book, join the conversation at free online events

Washington Black ad featuring octopus

Whatcom READS, Bellingham and Whatcom County’s annual countywide book club, kicks off 2021 with a thought-provoking slate of programs inspired by this year’s featured title, Washington Black by award winning author Esi Edugyan. The online events are free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. See whatcomreads.org for more information. “Inspired by the book, … Read more

WCLS closes library buildings

UPDATE February 12, 2021 Library buildings remain closed at this time. We will be reopening with limited capacity and services at a date to be determined by library system administrators. Check wcls.org/info for updates. Curbside and online services are available now. Effective Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) buildings will be closed … 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


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