Get a Library Card

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If you live, work, or own property in Whatcom County, you are eligible for a WCLS library card. Minors under 18 years of age are eligible by submitting a library card application signed by a parent or guardian.


Your WCLS library card gives you access to the vast collection shared between our 10 branches and bookmobile: hundreds of thousands of books, audiobooks, DVDs, and CDs as well as a vast collection of eBooks, eAudioBooks and other Digital Content


Go to any WCLS library with your ID and your card will be issued to you instantly.
You can print and fill out an application to bring with you if you like.

If you live in Washington State and can present a library card from your local library, you may apply for a WCLS card free of charge.  This also applies to cardholders of the Fraser Valley Regional Library.

Please note:  Borrowing privileges for electronic materials and/or access to online services may be limited depending on vendor contracts.


Online applications are generally processed within one business day (often within a few hours). We will email your new account number to you, giving you full access to all of our digital content

Your new library card will be sent to you by mail.

  • Are you under 18? If so, input your Parent/Guardian's Name here.
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    If you're only registering yourself, click "Send me my card."

  • If you want to sign up family members for their own cards, list their names, emails and date of birth (mm/dd/yyyy) below. You can add up to 5 family members here.
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Nonresidents may purchase a WCLS library card for an annual fee ($40 for adults, $20 for children/seniors, or $52 for a family card).

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Yes! Whatcom County Library System partners with Bellingham Public Library (BPL); use your WCLS library card to check out materials at any BPL location. You can check out from BPL and return items to WCLS libraries, and vice versa.

WCLS is a member in the Whatcom Libraries Collaborate (WLC) program. Bring your WCLS library card, along with proof of your identity and current address, and apply to receive a card from any WLC library: Bellingham Public LibraryBellingham Technical CollegeNorthwest Indian CollegeWestern Washington Universityand Whatcom Community College.

Additionally, WCLS has made arrangements to give county residents access to Fraser Valley Regional Library (Canada), LaConner Regional Library District, Sno-Isle Regional Library System, Timberland Regional Library System, and the Upper Skagit Library District. Bring your WCLS library card along with proof of your identity and current address to any of these libraries to apply to receive a card. Similarly, residents of these communities are eligible for a WCLS library card.

Please note:  Borrowing privileges for electronic materials and/or access to online services may be limited depending on vendor contracts.