|Whatcom Libraries Collaborate FAQ|
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Whatcom Libraries Collaborate?
You can borrow books and other materials from any participating library in Whatcom County and return them to your local library or other convenient library book return.
The new One Card program allows everyone who lives, works or attends school in Whatcom County to check out materials from any public or academic library in Whatcom County.
It's like the whole community shares one library.
What is the WLC One Card Program?
It's not a physical library card, but rather the concept that everyone who lives, works or attends school in Whatcom County can use their existing local library card at any public or academic library in Whatcom County. Materials can be borrowed from and returned to any participating library in Whatcom County. Each library has its own requirements for applying for a library card; check each library's website for details.
How do I find out if a book I want is available at one of the libraries?
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.
How many items can I take out? How long can I keep an item?
Each library sets its own limits. The academic libraries may have more limits on checkouts to community members than to their own students and faculty. The policies and rules (e.g. fines) of the lending library apply. Please familiarize yourself with them by visiting each library’s website.
Can I place holds or have items delivered to other libraries?
Not currently. We’ll be investigating this as a possible future enhancement.
Where do I return items? Can I return items to any library?
Borrowers may return materials to any participating library or book return in the county, regardless of where they borrowed them.
Who do I contact if my book is overdue?
Please contact the lending library. Each library’s local lending and fines rules apply. Each lending library will send out overdue notices, and payment of fines must be done in person at the lending library.
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.
How did the program come about and who’s responsible for it?
It’s the brainchild of a group called Whatcom Libraries Collaborate, consisting of library administrators at Bellingham Public Library, Bellingham Technical College, Northwest Indian College, Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, and the Whatcom County Library System. The group is working together to expand library access for better stewardship of resources and greater community impact.
What is this search? (Whatcom Libraries)
It searches all Whatcom County participating libraries’ catalogs at one time for books and other materials. Then you can go to the owning library and use the One Card system to borrow the item or request it from interlibrary loan.
Each library has an on-site book return.
Additional WCLS Book Return Locations: