Support Your Library

Children's Library check out desk. Photo by Radley Muller.

The Bellingham Public Library belongs to all of us. There are many ways you can be a part of this community treasure.

Give Your Time

  • Apply to volunteer with the Bellingham Public Library. We have opportunities available for teens and adults.
  • Join the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and meet others like you who are passionate about the library. The Friends support library programs and services through their volunteer and fund-raising activities, providing a vital financial boost to the library. Each year, Friends donate thousands of dollars to the library to support children’s programs, library furnishings, new materials, computer workstations and many other projects.
  • Make a proposal to partner with the library to present a one-time program or a series, to collaborate on a special project, or to provide services at one of our locations.

Give Your Books

Clear off your bookshelves to make room for new titles – and bring your gently used books, audiobooks, music CDs and DVDs to the Central Library. Those not suitable for our collection will be passed along to the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library to sell at used book sales. Proceeds benefit the library. Have boxes of books but no way to transport them to the Central Library? The Friends have a list of volunteers who you may call to arrange to pick them up at your home.

Give a Donation

Honor a friend or loved one with a memorial book or make a donation to one of the Bellingham Public Library Funds held at the Whatcom Community Foundation. You may also wish to consider designating a planned gift in your estate.  All donations are tax-deductible.

You can make a donation online via credit or debit card.

Checks can be sent to:

Bellingham Public Library Funds*
Whatcom Community Foundation
1500 Cornwall Avenue, Suite 202
Bellingham, WA 98225

*Please specify: Unrestricted, Capital, Materials, or Endowment Fund

Give Your Talent

We host free programs, events and activities for people of all ages, many provided by local individuals or organizations who share their knowledge and skills with others free-of-charge. Make a proposal to partner with the library to present a one-time program or a series, to collaborate on a special project, or to provide services at one of our locations.