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Whatcom Libraries One Card Program  

The One Card program allows anyone who lives or goes to school in Whatcom Count to check out library materials from any public or academic Library in the county, & to return items to any participating library in Whatcom county.
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Participating Libraries

Bellingham Public Library
Contact phone: 778-7323
http://www.bellinghampubliclibrary.org

Central Library: 778-7323
Fairhaven: 778-7188
Barkley: 778-7290


Whatcom County Library System
Contact phone: 384-3150
http://www.wcls.org/

Blaine: 332-8146
Deming: 592-2422
Everson: 966-5100
Ferndale: 384-3647
Island: 758-7145
Lynden: 354-4883
North Fork: 599-2020
Pt Roberts: 945-6545
Sumas: 988-2501

Bookmobile: 384-3150

Bellingham Technical College
Circulation: 752-8383
http://www.btc.ctc.edu/library/index.asp

Northwest Indian College
Contact phone: 392-4218
http://www.nwic.edu/nwic/lummilibr/index.html


Whatcom Community College
Circulation: 383-3300
Reference: 383-3285
http://library.whatcom.ctc.edu/index.php

Western Washington University Libraries
Circulation: 650-3084
Reference: 650-2836
http://www.library.wwu.edu

 

Book Drop Locations

Each library has an on-site book drop.

Additional Drop Locations:

  • Barkley Village Haggen on Woburn
  • Meridian Haggen on Meridian
  • Sehome Village Haggen
  • WWU South Campus Services Building on Bill McDonald Parkway & 21st St.
  • Community Food Co-op Cordata Cordata Parkway at Westerly Road


WCLS Bookmobile stops

  • Birch Bay - Bay Center Market 8050 Harborview Road 
  • Sudden Valley - 2275 Lake Whatcom Blvd. 
  • Acme - Little Brown Church Wickersham and Royer Streets
  • South Lake Whatcom - 3250 South Bay Dr. Sedro Woolley 
  • Lake Samish - 705 W. Lake Samish Drive
 

One Card Passport

Print & fold your own copy. Includes participating Library location map, drop boxes & more!

 

About the Libraries One Card Program

The One Card initiative was begun by Whatcom Libraries Collaborate, a group of library administrators dedicated to expanding library access for better stewardship of resources and greater community impact.

Whatcom Libraries Collaborate began meeting informally in 2001, but formalized a regular meeting schedule as a result of their close collaboration that began as part of Whatcom READS!, the county-wide popular one book program in 2007, and members’ previous experiences with library consortia in other states.

“In these tough budget times, when free library access is all the more important, we decided to pool our resources and work collaboratively. After all, we’re really all one community--why not act as one library to serve it?” said Christopher Cox, Dean of Libraries at Western Washington University. “Often these partnerships only involve one type of library. This partnership between local public and academic libraries is unique, one of the few of its kind in the country.”

Thanks to a collaborative effort among area libraries, the One Card program allows anyone who lives or goes to school in Whatcom County to check out materials from any public or academic library in the county, and to return them to any library or book drop in the county.

“All area residents benefit from new shared access to the treasures of our libraries.” said Joan Airoldi, former director of the Whatcom County Library System. “We hope they will celebrate and take advantage of this terrific opportunity that may expand in the future with other service and product enhancements.”

 

Frequently Asked Questions

About the LIBRARY ONE CARD Initiative:

"What is Library One Card?
If you live or attend school in Whatcom County you can use your existing local library card at any public or academic library in Whatcom County.  Borrow & return materials to any participating library.  Each library has its own requirements for applying for a library card; check each library's website for details."

How did the program come about and who's responsible for it?
"Whatcom Libraries Collaborate" was developed by library administrators from Bellingham Public Library, Bellingham Technical College, Northwest Indian College, Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, and the Whatcom County Library System; working together to expand library access for better stewardship of resources and greater community impact.



Requirements for checking out materials from the Western Washington University Library: 
WWU Borrowing Policies for community members   

  1. To gain free access - present your library card from:

    • Bellingham Public Library

    • Whatcom County Library System

    • Whatcom Community College

    • Bellingham Technical College

    • Northwest Indian College

  2. One piece of picture identification

  3. One proof of current address

  4. If under 18, parent signature on registration form


General One Card Information

How do I find out if a book I want is available at one of the libraries?
Each library offers their own library catalog, which is linked from their individual library websites, OR search the combined catalogs of Whatcom County Libraries: USE "Search Whatcom Libraries" (located on the left side of this page).

Can I access electronic subscription databases at any of the libraries?
Community members registering at academic libraries will only be able to use library databases inside the library.

Can I return items to any library?
Return materials to any participating library or book drop in Whatcom County.

How many items can I take out? How long can I keep an item?
Each library sets its own limits. The policies and rules (e.g. fines) of the lending library apply. Please familiarize yourself with them by visiting each library’s website. The academic libraries may have more limits on checkouts to community members than to their own students and faculty. WWU Library policies are at Borrowing Policies for community members.

Can items be renewed?
BPL, WWU, and the WCLS currently allow online renewals. This service may be possible online at other participating libraries as well; call or visit in person to see if this is available.

Who do I contact if my book is overdue?
Contact the lending library. Each library’s local lending and fines rules apply, & they will send out overdue notices.
Payment of fines must be done in person at the lending library.

Can I place holds or have items delivered to other libraries?
Students, staff, faculty, and neighborhood residents may place & pick up public library holds at two locations on local campuses, thanks to agreements between Bellingham Public Library, Bellingham Technical College (BTC), and Western Washington University (WWU).

Modeled on Bellingham Public Library's successful WCC Connection, the BTC Connection and WWU Connection allows public library cardholders to place holds on any item in the public library catalog and select BTC or WWU as a pickup location. Public library staff deliver holds to BTC and WWU weekly, and pick up any returns to bring back to the Central Library. Returned items are be back-dated at check-in to the last pickup date, so patrons do not incur unnecessary fines.

The WWU Connection is located on the main floor of the Library, Haggard 2, behind the Circulation Desk. Patrons will find their holds on the adjacent shelves and use the WWU Connection workstation to check them out. Items can be returned to the Western Library circulation desk or drop box, or to any other library drop box in the community.

At Bellingham Technical College, people will find the BTC Connection in the Magazines and Journals Room of the BTC Library, which is currently located in Building A, 3028 Lindbergh Avenue. Items can be returned to the desk or to the drop box outside the main entrance. When Bellingham Technical College is closed for quarter breaks, all holds will be kept at the Bellingham Public Library for pickup.

 

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