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Library services resume after successful system update

The Bellingham Public Library has successfully completed a scheduled update of its Integrated Library System, though a few impacts to patrons remain. Library leaders and staff wish to extend thanks to all patrons for their patience during this transition and while we learn our new system. Here’s what patrons can expect January 8-14, 2019: Most services … Read more

System update impacts library use January 1-7, 2019

The Bellingham Public Library’s work to update its Integrated Library System will impact library use during the first days of the new year. Many in-person and online services will be limited January 1 – 7, 2019. Library Director Rebecca Judd said she joins the library Board of Trustees and library staff in apologizing for the inconveniences that … Read more

Closures & Service Limits

The Bellingham Public Library is closed for several days for the winter holidays, and — due to a scheduled computer system update — will be closed an additional day on January 2, 2019. In addition, our services will be limited during January 1-7, 2019, as we prepare for a new computer system. We apologize for any inconvenience … Read more

Library services limited during system update January 1-7, 2019

The Bellingham Public Library’s work to update its Integrated Library System will impact library use during the first days of the new year. All locations will be closed January 1 & 2, and services limited January 1 – 7, 2019. Library Director Rebecca Judd said she joins the library Board of Trustees and library staff in apologizing … Read more

Library closed Dec. 3 and Jan. 2 for staff training

As the Bellingham Public Library prepares for a significant software system change, all library locations will be closed on Monday, December 3, 2018, and Wednesday, January 2, 2019, for staff training. Library director Rebecca Judd said she joins the library Board of Trustees and library staff in apologizing for the inconvenience of being closed two … Read more

Libraries announce shared automation system vendor

Bellingham and Whatcom County libraries announced today they have contracted with Innovative Interfaces Inc (III) for the planned replacement of their shared Integrated Library System (ILS), the software used to keep the records on library collections, patrons and circulations. The new ILS will be III’s Polaris. These automated systems are critical to library operations, from ordering items for the collection, to communicating with … Read more

March with Bellingham Public Library in 2018 Pride Parade

Show your support for equity, diversity and inclusion — march with the Bellingham Public Library in the 2018 Bellingham Pride parade on Sunday, July 15, 2018. Meet us on the Central Library lawn at 11:30 a.m., look for us in the parade line up at the intersection of Halleck, Ohio and Cornwall streets just before … Read more

Win prizes for summer visits to Washington libraries

Passport to Washington graphic

Families traveling around Washington this summer will have a new reason to stop in at libraries along the way: the chance to win bookstore gift cards from the Washington Center for the Book. Through A Passport to Washington Libraries, from June 15 to September 15, anyone visiting a Washington library can post a creative photo … Read more

Trustees appoint new library director

Portrait of Rebecca Judd

The Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees announced today the appointment of Rebecca Judd as the new director of the Bellingham Public Library. Judd, who currently lives on Bainbridge Island and works for Kitsap Regional Library, will begin July 16, 2018. Library Board of Trustees Chair Rick Osen said Rebecca is a dedicated and skilled … Read more

Summer Reading 2018 – Fun & Easy

girl lying on grass and relaxing with book and music

Here comes summer! Summer reading at your library is a summer tradition, and it’s fun! Summer is a time to emphasize the fun side of reading. This is especially true for kids and teens, who get to read whatever they want. Personal choice is a great way to encourage excitement around reading. Reading every day … Read more