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Libraries Kick Off 2021 Summer Reading Program

colorful summer reading logo

The annual Summer Reading program for kids, teens and adults is underway at local public libraries. Pick up a Summer Reading card at Bellingham Public Library or Whatcom County Library System branches or download a card at the library systems’ websites, bellinghampubliclibrary.com/summer-reading or wcls.org/summer-reading. Cards are available in English, Punjabi, Russian and Spanish languages. The library systems’ Summer Reading program … Read more

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Bellingham and Whatcom County


Bellingham Public Library has gathered information from multiple sources to help the public navigate the COVID-19 Vaccine availability within our community. Rollout of the vaccine is administered by the Washington State Department of Health, and locally by the Whatcom County Health Department. This information will continue to be updated regularly. Vaccinations at Bellingham Technical College … Read more

Road to Reopening Bellingham Public Library

Bellingham Public Library has received a “Certificate of Substantial Completion” for the Central Branch main floor remodel project. This designation allows Library staff to complete several additional tasks required for reopening the Central Library in late spring 2021. At the same time, the Library will continue to provide Curbside Holds Pickup Service, remote Help Desk, … Read more

FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Begins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WASHINGTON, May 12, 2021—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, this program will make available up to $3.2 billion worth of consumer discounts on broadband services and equipment like computers and tablets. “This program will have a tremendous, positive impact on so many … Read more

Bellingham Public Library Loans Backpacks with Free Discover Pass

Backpack with Discover Pass, field guides and binoculars

Get outside this year and enjoy access to Washington State public lands by borrowing a backpack with a free Discover Pass through Bellingham Public Library. Check Out Washington is a collaboration between the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Washington State Library to allow individuals to “check out a state park” without paying the … Read more

Bellingham Central Library main floor remodel underway

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 in the Central Library Main Floor Remodel project will improve patrons’ use of this busy … Read more

Black History Month Celebration

Bellingham Unity Committee commemorated Black History Month, with a virtual event on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, providing an evening of entertainment and education for all. Watch the video to be inspired by an exceptional group of black women who have made a special mark on our community. Bellingham Public Library was honored to provide the technical … Read more

The Unrooted Experience Highlights Community Voices through Video

To encourage racial equity and understanding, a group of powerful community voices gathered in November 2020 to share their lived experiences in Bellingham, WA through personal storytelling and video. This Digitial Storytelling project, titled The Unrooted Experience, came to life in the middle of the COVID19 pandemic – at the same time that a call … Read more