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Bellingham Public Library Returns to Curbside-only Service Jan. 18

As a proactive measure, to help ensure public and staff safety during the current surge of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in our community, and in alignment with the City’s announcement it is adjusting some services, Bellingham Public Library has temporarily pivoted to a Curbside-only service model beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18. 

Curbside appointments are available at the Central branch only. All holds previously at Fairhaven and Barkley branches have been moved to the Central branch. The Fairhaven and Barkley branches will remain closed during this time, as all available Library staff are needed to operate the Curbside system at the Central Library.

Instructions on Using Curbside Holds Pickup Services and how to schedule a Curbside Pickup appointment, as well as access to the Library catalog and digital services are available at BellinghamPublicLibrary.org.

Returns bins will remain open at all branches.

“We sincerely thank the public for its patience during this difficult time. We anticipate this change to be temporary. The Bellingham Central Library is a high volume facility and has averaged 1,100 in-person visits per day in the first two weeks of January 2022. It is our goal to continue to provide the best possible Library services to our community in a safe and efficient manner, while doing our part to alleviate the strain on our healthcare system, and to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Library Director, Rebecca Judd.

This move to Curbside-only does not currently affect Whatcom County Library System branches. Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library System are separate organizations that share a collection of materials. Find WCLS locations and visitation guidelines at wcls.org/info.

For more information about Bellingham Public Library, visit BellinghamPublicLibrary.org.

Media Contacts:

Rebecca Judd, Library Director, 360-778-7221, rejudd@cob.org

Annette Bagley, Head of Community Relations, 360-778-7206, ambagley@cob.org