Library cards are available at no charge:
- For those who live, work, own property or attend school in the City of Bellingham or Whatcom County, or
- For Washington State residents who provide their home public library card at the time of application.
Library cards are available for a fee:
- For visitors to the area who would like to enjoy limited short-term access to our materials and services, or
- For those that reside out of state, or
- For Washington State residents who are not members of their home library system.
How do I apply?
Start your library card application online
- Submit your application online.
- You will receive an email response with a temporary library card
number. Your temporary library card provides access to
online resources and lets you
place 3 holds on library
- To complete the application process, please bring your temporary
card number to any
Bellingham Public Library location or
Whatcom County Library System
with photo ID and proof of current address.
- If you are under 18 years old, a parent or guardian is required to
sign a Parental
Permission Form. The parent or guardian must be present, show valid
picture ID and proof of residence or property ownership in Whatcom
County, and the form must be brought to the library to receive your
- Applications are accepted in person at any of our locations. If you
prefer, you may print out an
application to complete in advance and bring with you.
- Please bring your photo ID and proof of your current address.
- If you are under 18 years old, a parent or guardian will need to be
present when you apply.
All borrowers are responsible for materials checked out on their cards. If a card is lost or stolen
please call 360-778-7323 to report it to a staff person.
There is a $1 fee to replace a Bellingham Public Library card.
Whatcom County Library System cards
are valid at all Bellingham Public Library locations. Bellingham Public
Library Cards are valid at any branch of the Whatcom County Library System.
(Exception: remote access to subscription databases is limited to resources
available at the library system that issued the card).
What you need to obtain a card:
applicants will need to provide photo ID and proof of current address.
Youth (under 18):
- A parent
or legal guardian must be present to provide photo ID and proof of
- The parent/guardian
will sign the application and assume responsibility for materials
borrowed on the card.
- Young people
are welcome to use the library's entire collection, subject only to the
An organization or agency:
applicant will need to be present to sign the application, provide photo
ID, and will assume responsibility for the account, and should be an
individual who is legally authorized to enter into contractual
- A maximum of two cards will be allowed per agency.
- A card must be present to borrow library materials. The Library will
assume the card-holder is authorized by the agency to borrow materials.