Discover your community’s past with local history materials, self-guided tours, museums, and archives.
Free to Bellingham Public Library Cardholders
Ancestry Library Edition Available in the library only; access is not available from home.
Resources for genealogical and historical research in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. Includes census, vital, church, court, and immigration records.
Located at the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building, the Joyce Morse Reference Library contains more than 500 titles about art and artists from the Pacific Northwest, Whatcom County history, and the history and art of Indians of the Pacific Northwest. Access to the collection is by appointment only. For more information, visit the Whatcom Museum website or call the Whatcom Museum at 360-778-8930.
In partnership with the Bellingham Public Library, the entire Joyce Morse Reference Library collection is available for browsing on the library’s online catalog here. To find all titles on particular topics, click the following links:
Washington State Digital Archives The nation’s first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value.