Borrowing Materials: Courtesy/Community Borrowers

Borrowing Materials: Courtesy/Community Borrowers

Whatcom One Card for Community Members

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, and to return items to any participating library in Whatcom county.

To gain free access to our circulating collections, please present the following 3 things:

  1. 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

Find out more about the One Card Program!

You may check out up to 10 items at any one time, including 3 videos and 2 journals. Courtesy due date notices will be sent if you provide your email address.  Most items can be renewed and you may renew using the link in the due date reminder.

Fines and Fees: As an academic library it is important to have materials returned promptly for use in course work and research. Fines are $0.50 per day for books and $1.00 per day for videos and journals. Fines for overdue recalled items are doubled. Items considered long overdue are billed for $90.00.

Please contact Circulation Services, (360) 650-3084, if you have questions about your library record.

Please contact Research Services, (360) 650-3094, if you have questions about our collections and resources.


Western Libraries Courtesy/ Community Card

The Courtesy/Community card provides enhanced services over the Whatcom One Card. Courtesy/Community card holders can check out more items, renew more times and place holds and recalls for materials through the library catalog.

The Courtesy/Community card does not provide off-campus access to online subscription databases, which are contractually restricted to current WWU students, faculty, and staff.

Current members of the following groups may obtain a Courtesy/Community Card at no charge. Expiration dates will vary.

  • Whatcom County colleges students, faculty, and staff
  • Affiliated teaching faculty
  • Retired WWU faculty, staff, and administrators
  • WWU Alumni Club members
  • WWU Retirees Association members
  • WWU faculty, staff, and administrator spouses or partners
  • WWU workshop participants
  • President's Club members
  • Students presenting reciprocal borrowing arrangement cards
  • SPIE employees

All other persons may purchase a Courtesy/Community Card for an annual fee of $25.00. The card is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

For more information on eligibility for a Courtesy/Community Card or other information, call Circulation Services at (360) 650-3084.

Loan Periods

See column on the right for details.


Most general circulating materials can be renewed unless another borrower has requested them. You can renew most borrowed items on your computer by selecting the Renew materials / Access your Library Record feature on the Renew Materials page, or at the Haggard Wing Loan Desk, or by phone at (360) 650-3084.

Overdue, Lost, or Damaged Materials

All borrowed materials are due on the date printed on the receipt issued at the time of checkout. You can obtain information on the due dates of materials you have borrowed by selecting the Renew materials / Access your Library Record feature on the Renew Materials page.

Paying Fines

Fine payment can be made in person at Circulation Services, by phone or by mail. The phone number is (360) 650-3084. The address is Circulation Services, Wilson Library, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9103. If you pay by mail please make the check out to WWU and add your WWU library card number.

Fines and other charges must be paid before a Courtesy/Community Card can be renewed.

Recalls: Occasionally, items checked out to patrons may be recalled. This may happen when another patron requests the item, or when an item is needed for course reserve. Recalled items will be assigned a modified due date which is communicated by email. Recalled items not returned by their modified due date may be subject to recall fines.

Copy Card Feature

The Courtesy/Community Card is equipped with a magnetic stripe that can be encoded for use in copiers in the library. You can encode your card by inserting the card and money in the appropriate receptacles at most copy machines.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan services are not available to Courtesy/Community Card holders. Please contact your college or local public library when you need to borrow materials from other libraries.

Lending Your Card

Because your Courtesy/Community Card is not a picture-ID, you can lend it to friends or family without the knowledge of the Libraries. Please remember that as the card holder of record, you are responsible for all materials borrowed using your card. If your card is lost, please notify the library immediately so its usage can be blocked.

Also see:

Loan Periods - Community


Loan Periods, fines and fees for

Community Borrowers

Additional Information & Assistance: (360) 650-3084


  • Loan Period - Books 21 days
  • Pre-due notice - 3 days before due date
  • Due Notice - On due date
  • Fines - $0.50/day
  • Recall Fines - $1.00/day
  • Replacement Fee - $75.00
  • Nonrefundable Processing Fee - $15.00

  • Loan Period - Videos 7 days
  • Pre-due notice - 3 days before due date
  • Due Notice - On due date
  • Fines - $1.00/day
  • Recall Fines - $2.00/day
  • Replacement Fee - $75.00
  • Nonrefundable Processing Fee - $15.00

  • Loan Period - Journals 7 days
  • Pre-due notice - 3 days before due date
  • Due Notice - On due date
  • Fines - $1.00/day
  • Recall Fines - $2.00/day
  • Replacement Fee - $75.00
  • Nonrefundable Processing Fee - $15.00