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

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

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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

Small project causes minor disruption at Central Library

Please pardon our mess! We’re making minor changes at the Central Library to improve service. A small construction project is underway in early May on the main floor of the Central Library. We are modifying an area on the main floor near the public computers to provide a wheelchair-accessible counter and allow us to consolidate … Read more

Libraries seek proposals for shared automation system

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Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library System published a Request for Proposals on Thursday, April 26, 2018, seeking responses from vendors of library automation systems to replace the Integrated Library System (ILS) currently shared by the libraries. The deadline for submitting a response is 11:00 AM PDT on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Interested vendors … Read more