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Library seeks candidates for Board of Trustees position

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The Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees seeks candidates to fill an upcoming vacancy on the board. The position will be open on January 1, 2021, and a first review of applications will begin October 2, 2020. The Board of Trustees is the governing and policy-making board for the Bellingham Public Library. Board positions are … Read more

Bellingham Central Library main floor remodel underway

Photo of Public Works employee disassembling computer lab furniture at the Central Library on the main floor.

Curbside services continue to be available during construction Bellingham Public Library and the Public Works department are working with Tiger Construction and RMC Architects to remodel the main floor of the Central Library located at 210 Central Avenue. The changes planned in the Central Library Main Floor Remodel project will improve patrons’ use of this … Read more

Library supports U.S. Census completion

It is still not too late to complete your 2020 Census Questionnaire today!  Here is the latest news from the Census Bureau: Census takers are now visiting homes that have not completed the 2020 Census Questionnaire. Staff will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when visiting your home. If you do not want … Read more

Bellingham Public Library closed to the public starting Monday, March 16 until further notice

For more information, see our coronavirus (COVID-19) information page. All Bellingham Public Library locations will be closed to the public, starting Monday, March 16 until further notice, in an effort to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This closure follows Whatcom County Health Department recommendations and direction from the City of Bellingham. “The health … Read more

Library collaborating with local efforts addressing coronavirus

Illustration of COV​ID-19

Community partners throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County – including the library – are unified in preparing for and addressing coronavirus (COVID-19). When it comes to protecting the public’s health, we are all in this together. The Whatcom County Health Department is the lead response agency for all of Whatcom County, including Bellingham. Although this is … Read more

Libraries say farewell to overdue fines

Public libraries in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County are saying farewell to overdue fines. On January 2, Bellingham Public Library (BPL) and Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) joined libraries across the country that have eliminated the practice of charging people for returning library materials after the due date. This change is designed to help make … Read more

Read full newspapers online, including The Bellingham Herald

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Read The Bellingham Herald online, in full-page format, the same day it is published, free-of-charge with your library card. We are pleased to provide free, timely, full-image online access to several Washington newspapers – including The Bellingham Herald – thanks to the Washington State Library. The Washington State Library has a trial underway for public … Read more

Libraries say farewell to overdue fines

Public libraries in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County are saying farewell to overdue fines. On January 2, Bellingham Public Library (BPL) and Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) will join libraries across the country that have eliminated the practice of charging people for returning library materials after the due date. This change is designed to help … Read more

Library boycotts Macmillan digital content

In response to business practices that create access barriers for library patrons, the Washington Digital Library Consortium — of which Bellingham Public Library is a member — has chosen to boycott purchases of Macmillan Publishers’ eBooks and eAudiobooks now through the end of 2020. Troubling limits imposed by publishers on public library purchases of digital … Read more

Community Conversations provide vital feedback for library strategic plan

People say they want to be connected, safe, valued, respected, and accepted by others, with opportunities to be engaged and ever-learning together. But they are concerned that our community could be more inclusive, safe, and sustainable, with resources and opportunities more equitable and prevalent for all. That’s a sample of the perspectives people shared during … Read more