WCLS opens online bookstore for county residents

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The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS), in partnership with Friends of the Library volunteers and the county library foundation, have opened a new online bookstore for county residents.

The Friends of the Library online bookstore started earlier this month, and allows residents to support the WCLS through purchases of books and DVDs, costing between $1 and $5, and tip donations. The store will feature hundreds of items and be updated with new items each week.

“I think it’s great,” said Debby Farmer, the branch manager at the Blaine library. “The Friends of the library volunteers obtain, transport and photograph each book before it goes online.” 

The store is an online equivalent of the Friends in-library bookstore, which was created as a way to promote the growth of library services and projects not supported by property taxes. Revenue from the store will be allocated between programs.

Customers looking to purchase a book through the website will select a pickup date and location at one of five WCLS branches, including Blaine, Everson, Ferndale, North Fork and South Whatcom. All books available for purchase are stored at the Friends of the Everson Library warehouse and distributed to the branch selected at checkout.

Although Blaine will serve as a pick-up location for the online store, Farmer said the Blaine Friends of the library group is currently not participating in the program due to logistical concerns of transporting books to Everson. However, she said it will be a topic of discussion at the group’s next meeting.

Farmer said the Blaine branch will continue to have a small section of books available for sale inside the library. Neither the Blaine branch or the online store are currently accepting book donations.

To view the online store, visit wcls.org/friendsbooks.

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