Library supports U.S. Census completion

To complete your 2020 Census Questionnaire online: Wait for the official mail from the Census and follow the instructions. The mail will look like this. Or, go to my2020census.gov to complete the Census now. For the online questionnaire in 59 non-english languages, please visit 2020 Census Language Support. To complete your 2020 Census Questionnaire by … 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

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

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

Disregard email about children’s library accounts expiring

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Many parents received an email from us today (Saturday, August 24, 2019) stating that their child’s library account is expiring. Please disregard this notification. This was an auto-generated email regarding your child’s school-connected account, not their regular library account. School-connected accounts will be updated automatically when the school year begins. Our apologies for any confusion! … Read more