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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Library One Card?

Library One Card is the concept that everyone who lives, works, or attends school in Whatcom County can use their current local library card at any public or academic library in Whatcom County. Materials can be borrowed from and returned to any participating library in Whatcom County. Each library has its own requirements for applying for a library card; check each library's website for details.

How did the program come about and who's responsible for it?

It's the brainchild of a group called Whatcom Libraries Collaborate, consisting of library administrators at Bellingham Public Library, Bellingham Technical College, Northwest Indian College, Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, and the Whatcom County Library System. The group is working together to expand library access for better stewardship of resources and greater community impact.  Library One Card began in September 2010.

How do I find out if a book I want is available at one of the libraries?

Each library offers their own library catalog, which is linked from their individual library websites.

What do I need to get a card at Western Washington University? 

You will need to bring:

Can I access electronic subscription databases at any of the libraries?

Remote online access to databases is only available via your home library. In-library database use is permitted at each library.

How many items can I take out? How long can I keep an item?

Each library sets its own limits. The academic libraries may have more limits on checkouts to community members than to their own students and faculty. The policies and rules (e.g. fines) of the lending library apply. Please familiarize yourself with them by visiting each library's website.

Can I place holds or have items delivered to other libraries?

Not currently. We'll be investigating this as a possible future enhancement.

Where do I return items? Can I return items to any library?

Borrowers will be able to return materials to any participating library or book drop in the county, regardless of where they borrowed them.

Who do I contact if my book is overdue?

Please contact the lending library. Each library's local lending and fines rules apply. Each lending library will send out overdue notices, and payment of fines must be done in person at the lending library.

Can items be renewed?

BPL, WWU, and WCLS currently allow online renewals. This service may be possible online at other participating libraries as well; call or visit in person to see if this is available.

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