About the Bellingham Public Library
The Bellingham Public Library serves the residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County, circulating more than 1.6 million items annually to more than 49,000 registered cardholders. It is a department of the City of Bellingham and receives the majority of its funding from the city's general fund. Library operations are governed by the Library Board of Trustees, composed of five volunteer members appointed by the Mayor of Bellingham with the approval of the Bellingham City Council.
The Bellingham Public Library provides services in three library locations, on three college campuses and also offers extensive online services, free programs and events for all ages and meeting room rentals. Through a reciprocal use agreement, City of Bellingham residents also have access to the collections of the Whatcom County Library System and may borrow items from libraries worldwide via interlibrary loan service. Bellingham Public Library also participates in the One Card program, allowing anyone who lives, works or attends school in Whatcom County to get a library card at every public or academic library county-wide.
A five-year strategic plan for the Bellingham Public Library 2013-2017 was completed by the library administration and approved by the Library Board of Trustees in early 2013. The plan is the result of extensive stakeholder and community involvement, consultation with other libraries, and work by the library administration and staff to develop forward-thinking library programs and services that represent best library practices, are unique to Bellingham and meet our community's vision and needs.