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It's Tax Time and We're Here to Help Print Email

calculator and formsYour local library provides access to computers, WiFi, printing, and copying.  Staff are ready to help you find what you need whether that's a particular form or  free tax help that fits with your schedule.

Take a deep breath, dig out your spare change for printing and copying out the forms you will need, and visit your local library!

Available Forms 

Man signing tax formForms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ will be available at local libraries.  Schedules that go along with these forms are only available online.  The IRS provides one reference copy of the instruction booklet for forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ for each library.

We will post an update when libraries have received these materials from the IRS.

The IRS is no longer providing forms as they have in the past. Forms will be available to print at local libraries. Library staff are able to help request that forms be mailed to your home directly from the IRS.

If you have specific questions, the IRS provides an online tool to help you find answers. You may also call the IRS for help or go to a local Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC).  The local office is in Bellingham, at 114 W. Magnolia, open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., (closed 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.), phone 360-752-4361.

AARP Free Tax Aide 
Where appointments are needed, visit your preferred location (or send a representative) to make your appointment and pick up your required packet.

Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave. 
No appointment needed-but check the list of items you will need to bring.
Jan. 23rd-April 18th.  Closed Mon. Feb. 15th
Mon. – Thurs.  4 - 7 p.m. | Sat.  1 - 4:30 p.m.
Traducción al Español disponibles el Sabádo. (Spanish translation assistance available on Saturdays.)

Bellingham Senior Center Activity Center, 315 Halleck St. 
Appointment only
You can reserve a space by calling 733-4030 ex 115
Jan. 26th- April 12th
Tues. and Fri. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Blaine Senior Center, 763 G St. 
Appointment only
Jan. 29th-April 15th
Fri. 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Ferndale Public Library, 2125 Main St. 
Appointment only
Jan. 30th-April 9th
Sat. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 pm

Ferndale Senior Center, 1998 Cherry St. 
Appointment only
You can reserve a space by calling 384-6244
Feb. 3rd through April 13th
Wed.: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Lynden Library, 216 Fourth St. 
Appointment only
Jan. 25th-April 11th.  Closed Mon. Feb. 15th
Sat.: 10:30 a.m.- 2:15 pm
Mon.  10:30 a.m. - 1:30 pm


Goodbye to Tumbleboooks Print Email

WCLS's Tumblebooks subscription will end on September 1st, so access to Tumblebooks will cease after August 31st.  (Tumblebooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books.)   The WA Anytime Library narrated picture books are an alternative to Tumblebooks.  These titles can be found by first searching for Children Fiction (top right corner of homepage in the green search category box), then refining the search using Format Feature/OverDrive Read with narration (pictured below).  Questions?  Let us help - Ask a Librarian!

Find out what all the hoopla is about! Print Email


WCLS is excited to announce the availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, and audiobooks for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital.  All you need is a valid Whatcom County Library Card.

You will have access to:

  • Over 100,000 full length music albums
  • Over 80% of the top Billboard titles
  • New albums available on the street release date.
  • Over 7,000 movies across various genres.

Never wait for any item, all titles are always available.

Ancestry @ Your Library Print Email

If you are delving into family records, there is a good chance that you will find yourself using that in-depth and amazing genealogical resource:  Ancestry Library Edition.  

Save yourself the subscription fee!  Ancestry is now available at every WCLS branch. All you need to do to access it is to be on a library computer or using library wifi.  

You can email documents you discover to your home email, or save them to a thumb drive to browse at your leisure.  So put your coffee in a travel mug, get your family history loving self to one of our branches, and find that obituary, census record or birth certificate that’s the missing link in your family story.  

Please share any great discoveries or frustrations with library staff-we are here to celebrate your family research, and of course to help when you get stuck.  

Here are some tutorials to help you get started.

WCLS Apps that Get You Stuff Print Email

All you’ll need is your library card to get started with these…

Freegal Music

Access a collection of almost 7 million songs.

Google Play Store


Overdrive/Washington State Anytime Library

One of the ways you access ebooks and audiobooks.  Our ebooks can be read with other apps (like Kindle) as well.

Google Play Store


Washington State Library Now

Quick access to your account, ebooks, catalog and a librarian to chat with 24/7.  This app is how I place most my requests.  If it's midnight and you need help downloading a book check with the online librarian, they are great!

Google Play Store



E-magazine subscriptions!   Before you download this app, you need to set up two accounts to get the full benefit of being a library member.  Take a look at this FAQ to get you started!

Google Play Store



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