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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

Saturday Night Maintenance

image showing colorful computer cables

During an 8-hour maintenance window from 7pm on Saturday, January 30, to 3am on Sunday, January 31, expect to see impacts from maintenance work by one of our vendors, ProQuest. Expect these ProQuest databases to be unavailable: ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry Ancestry Library Edition Consumer Health Database CultureGrams eLibrary History Study Center ProQuest Learning: Literature … Read more

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

The Washington State Department of Health announced that people who meet the criteria for Phase 1B Tier 1 are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, but demand far surpasses supply, and officials urge patience. Phase 1B Tier 1 includes: All people 65 years or older. All people 50 years or older in multigenerational households. A multigenerational … Read more

Kristy Van Ness Joins Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees

Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees welcomes new member Kristy Van Ness, who begins her first term Jan. 19, 2021 through Dec. 2025. Van Ness is a resident of the Sunnyland neighborhood of Bellingham and a retired public involvement consultant. She’s active with Sunnyland Elementary School, volunteering at the school library and working with the … Read more