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ALERT: During Phase 2, library buildings are not open to the public. Instead we are offering Curbside Holds Pickup Service. Branch book returns are open during regular library hours. Need help? Call library staff Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm; Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 1pm-5pm at 360-305-3600. Click for more information.

Welcome! While our buildings are closed, your Library card gives you access to curbside pickup plus a world of digital content. Visit the Digital Content page or links below to discover all we have to offer.  You will need a WCLS library card to use these resources – get a library card today! Visit the Phase 2 page for updates regarding library services.


HELP! FROM WHATCOM LIBRARIES

People throughout the county are facing challenges unlike any before. Citizen have concerns about the basic necessities of life, such as employment, housing, health, food, and internet access. Your public library, Whatcom County Library System is  ready to help. We are offering printable, concise resource guides to help you and your family. Reliable, authoritative, and trustworthy information is what you need to navigate through life. Read online or request a mailed resource guide now.
Visit  Help! from Whatcom Libraries.


WCLS DIGITAL BOOKS AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW

CHILDREN

Search for eBooks and eAudiobooks for children.

TEENS

Search for eBooks and eAudiobooks for teens.

ADULTS

Search for eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults.


WCLS DIGITAL RESOURCES
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NEW!

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About CreativeBug
CreativeBug gives you unlimited access to thousands of online art and craft classes.
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About WA Anytime Library
Washington Anytime Library is our collection of electronic books (eBooks) and electronic audio books (eAudioBooks). Using the Overdrive website or the Libby app, you can place holds, check out and read or listen to your books all from your computer, smart phone, tablet or eBook device.
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About Kanopy
Kanopy is an award-winning video streaming service providing access to more than 30,000 independent and documentary films ─ titles of unique social and cultural value from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation, and thousands of independent filmmakers.
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About NewsBank
Newsbank gives you access to current and archival newspapers from around the US and the world including local newspapers.
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About RB Digital
RBDigital Digital Magazines gives you access to more than 2,100 current magazines from the US and countries all around the world. Dig into The Atlantic, GQ, Glamour, National Geographic, The New Yorker and more.
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About ChiltonLibrary
ChiltonLibrary is the ultimate resource for vehicle maintenance and repair.
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About Consumer Reports
Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit member organization that works to inform purchase decisions.
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About Ancestry Library
Ancestry Library is now available to use for in-home use. Explore your genealogy and family history with this extensive collection of records and resources.
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About Mango
Mango Languages provides online language lessons with easy, intuitive interactive tools to deliver practical conversational skills and valuable cultural insight for over 70 languages.

WCLS DIGITAL RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND KIDS

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Proquest History Culture Center
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TumbleBook Library
Tumble Math
Teen BookCloud
Audio Book Cloud

ONLINE RESOURCES FOR EARLY YEARS, KIDS, TEENS AND ADULTS


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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFORMATIONAL WEBSITES

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long will the libraries be closed to the public?

All WCLS buildings are closed to the public during Phase 2. But we are offering curbside pick up of library materials as well as extensive digital resources and inspiring online events. We are following expert guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This status applies to all WCLS branches in Whatcom County.

What library services are available during the building closures?

While our buildings are closed, we are offering curbside pickup of library materials. Your Library card also gives you access to a world of digital content and other services, including Mango LanguagesKanopy streaming video, Tumblebooks for Kids and Teens, and RB Digital magazines.

We are adding more eBooks and eAudiobooks to our collection regularly. And our partner vendors are stepping up with great new content. Visit the digital content page to see what’s new.

In addition, library staff are available by phone (your local
branch
or 360.305.3600), online chat and email to help you with research questions, book recommendations, and assistance signing up for a card or accessing services. We are also creating original, educational content and online events to keep readers engaged. Watch our social media and website for updates.

You should also know:

ConnectED resources remain available for students. 

  • Meeting room reservations are cancelled or postponed. Room reservations are not being accepted until further notice.
  • How do I stay up-to-date on library services?

    Our website (www.wcls.org) will have the most up-to-date and complete information. We’ll also share updates via social media. Please follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/wclslibraries/), Twitter (https://twitter.com/wclslibraries), and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/wclslibraries/).

    What do I do with my library materials when I’m done with them?

    Please return materials to book drops at the branches. We are not accepting book donations at this time.

    Can I submit “Can’t Find It” requests during the library building closure?
    Yes! However, request fulfillment may take considerably longer than usual. Thanks for your patience.
    Is wifi still available outside the library branches?
    There has been no change to wifi service.
    Can I sign up for a library card online?

    Yes! It’s quick and easy. Visit www.wcls.org/getacard. If you need help, please call, email or ask us via online chat.

    I miss the library. How can I help?
    Thank you! We appreciate your support and miss seeing you, too. You can stay engaged with the library via social media. There you can engage with our discussions, including sharing book recommendations and discovering new library services. You can also help by telling your friends about library services.