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Library hosts “Community Conversations” to help shape future vision

People participating in a group discussion

What do you care about? Libraries can help. The Bellingham Public Library is reaching out this spring to learn about people’s aspirations for their community, as part of planning for the library’s future. The library is hosting a series of Community Conversations, intending to gather public knowledge on a range of topics of interest to … Read more

Library hosts “Triple Nickles” presentation March 2

Bellingham Public Library hosts “Triple Nickles,” the story of the first all-black paratrooper unit, 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Central Library, as part of Whatcom READS 2019. (Facebook event for “Triple Nickles” presentation.) Whatcom READS 2019 features the book “The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America” by Timothy … Read more

Library honors African American History Month in February

Bellingham Public Library joins libraries and other organizations locally and across the country recognizing African American History Month in February. By highlighting this month, we pay tribute to the generations of people who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society and we celebrate the achievements of African American people throughout our country’s … Read more

Library highlighted in PBS television show

Bellingham Public Library staff and resources are featured in a recent episode of the PBS television show “We’ll Meet Again.” Season 2, Episode 3 of “We’ll Meet Again” shows the dramatic reunions of people who as children survived the 1964 great Alaskan earthquake. “This is the wonderful story of childhood friends who are reunited after … Read more

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