Frequently Asked Questions: Services

How do I apply for a library card?

Each WCCLS member library has individual policies regarding applying for a library card. Contact your local WCCLS library for details. In general, you will need a piece of identification showing that you reside in Washington County.

We have application forms that you can print, complete, and bring to your local WCCLS library with your identification. Click on the links below to access the application forms. You could also fill out the form at your local library.

Can I renew materials online?

Yes, you can renew your library materials interactively. For more information, see the page Online Renewals, or go directly to your Patron Account to login and renew materials.

What is the Telephone Renewal Line?

The Telephone Renewal Line is a way for you to renew your items by phone from home or wherever you have access to a telephone. Call the Telephone Renewal number (503 846-3245) to hear library and account information, and to renew items by telephone.

You will be asked for your library barcode and password to access your account.

For more details, see the page Telephone Renewals.

Can I request an item that isn't in the catalog?

If you want to borrow an item that is not in the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) catalog , it might be possible for your library to borrow it from another library system. Each member library has its own policies and procedures for ordering materials through Interlibrary Loan. More information is available at on our Interlibrary Loan page.

Can I still have library materials mailed to my home?

Washington County Cooperative Library Services does not currently have a books by mail service. However, there are some services available for homebound patrons. For more information or to see if you qualify, visit the Homebound Services section of this website.

Is there a way for shut-ins to receive library materials?

Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) Homebound Service provides mail delivery of library materials and information free-of-charge to Washington County residents who are physically unable to visit their public library. To qualify for this service, the patron must be homebound, the caregiver of a homebound person, or living in a Nursing Home, Residential Care Facility, or Assisted Living Facility.

For more information or to see if you qualify, visit the Homebound Services section of this website.

What special equipment is available for public use in WCCLS libraries?

WCCLS member libraries have a variety of equipment available for public use, ranging from photocopiers, microfilm readers, and audiovisual equipment to computer software and hardware such as floppy disk drives (including floppy disks for sale), CD drives, USB ports, word processing software and wireless internet access. This document (PDF format) shows the details of what equipment is available at which libraries. (You will need the free Acrobat Reader to view this file.)

Which area libraries offer proctoring services for exams and tests?

Some form of test proctoring is offered on an appointment-only basis by the Hillsboro Public Library and the Cedar Mill Community Library. There are fees and conditions associated with this service at both libraries. Contact the library directly to make an appointment and get more details.

Are there public meeting rooms available in WCCLS libraries?

Many WCCLS member libraries have public meeting rooms available for use. (You will need the free Acrobat Reader to view this file.) There may be fees or restrictions on the use of the rooms, so please ask the library for details before reserving a room.