UPDATE 3/13/2020: WCLS closes branches March 16-April 24 to mitigate COVID-19 spread

An announcement from WCLS:

Currently, public health best practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19 include limiting access to the places where people congregate. Consistent with Whatcom County schools, we have made the decision to follow public health guidance and close to the public, beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 24, or longer as needed. 

This closure affects all WCLS branches in Whatcom County, Library Express locations, the Bookmobile, and our Administrative Services office on Northwest Drive.As a public institution, we did not make this decision lightly.  We recognize closure means some of the people who need us the most will not have access to library buildings. We’ll be talking to our partners about how we can work together to support our community.
We know you care about your library staff. During the building closures, staff will continue to work and be paid. They will be available to help you via online chat, email or phone. To protect employee health, we are following workplace guidelines from county health officials.While our physical spaces are closed, your Library card gives you access to a world of digital content and other services, including Mango LanguagesKanopy streaming video, and RB Digital magazines.

You should also know:

  • We will be extending holds and due dates. If you have materials that are due during this closure, please keep them. Remember: there are no overdue fines.
  • ConnectED resources remain available for students.
  • Library events and certain meeting room reservations had previously been canceled through March. For now, cancellations will extend through April 24, 2020.
  • Visit our website for COVID-19 information and resources. We’ll also post information to our social media pages.

The health and safety of you, our Friends of the Library, and our staff is our top concern. Thank you for your patience as we modify operations during this unprecedented time.


Christine Perkins, Executive Director
Whatcom County Library System