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Celebrating 40 Years as a Cooperative

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In 1976, Washington County asked voters to approve the first countywide funding measure to support public library access for all residents. At the time, over half the population of Washington County did not have free, public library access. The first countywide levy provided funding to allow the six cities with public libraries to freely open their doors to any county resident. Things grew from there and more libraries joined WCCLS and others expanded to meet our growing population.

This fall, Aloha Community Library will become our 13th member library when it opens in newly remodeled space in the Bale’s Thriftway Marketplace on Farmington Road. Voters have continued to support countywide tax funding for WCCLS, all but once in the last 40 years. WCCLS and our member libraries appreciate the faith you have in our ability to offer quality collections, programs and services for the families of Washington County.

Washington County Board of Commissioners Official Proclamation

Commemorative Library Cards available in September!

Visit your local library to select from four anniversary designs during National Library Card Sign-up month. Cards are limited edition; get one while they last!

Your Passport to WCCLS

Discover the world of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services with a commemorative Passport to our member libraries. The Passport provides an incentive to explore neighboring libraries and to be inspired by the many unique experiences our public libraries offer.

How to participate:
September 10 – December 16: Visit a library to pick-up a Passport and then collect a stamp at each location you visit.
December 1 – 16: Present your Passport at a WCCLS member library and receive one drawing ticket for each library stamp in your Passport.
December 20: Passport Drawing held (repeat winners are not allowed).

The more libraries you visit, the more times you are entered into the drawing and the more chances you’ll have to win. Challenge yourself to visit libraries you’ve never been to before. Some of them may be a distance away from you, so coordinate with family and friends to take a road trip. Check our Events Calendar to find interesting programs happening at libraries you plan to visit. Enjoy your WCCLS adventure!

Passport Random Drawing Prizes:

  • Apple iPad Air 2 (16 GB, Wi-Fi only)
  • Classic Film Series (4 tickets) Sherwood Center for the Arts
  • Family Matinee Series (4 tickets) Sherwood Center for the Arts
  • THPRD – Conestoga Party (kids party for 10)
  • Cultural Experience: Admission Passes for two to Pittock Mansion
  • Wine Tasting Experience for two to Blooming Hill Vineyard
  • WCCLS Book Bag includes water bottle and commemorative 40th WCCLS Anniversary T-shirt

WCCLS - Did you know?

Libraries have more than books! Some unusual objects you can check out from WCCLS libraries: a plastic skeleton model, tortilla press, a karaoke machine, a Zombie Survival Discovery Kit, a telescope, and a Star Trek version of the Settlers of Catan game.

Cedar Mill Community Library is the largest non-profit library west of the Mississippi river.

WCCLS member libraries offer patrons over 1.6 million items in the countywide collection. This ranges from 4,802 items at the one-room Tuality Healthcare Library to 331,859 at the 67,000 square foot Beaverton Main Library.

Forest Grove City Library was founded in 1909 and is the oldest public library in Washington County.

WCCLS Couriers picked-up and delivered 7,232,406 items last year to fill patron requests and return materials to their home libraries.

Checkouts of e-books totaled 522,292 last year. That is more than the combined total circulation of Banks, Cornelius and Sherwood libraries.

WCCLS Through the Years

1970s

  • Library services for all residents established by voters

    Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Sherwood and Tigard city libraries joined by community libraries in Banks, Cedar Mill, Town Center (Tanasbourne) and West Slope to create WCCLS.

  • Outreach begins and Tualatin joins

    Outreach to rural and homebound begins.

    Tualatin Public Library joins.

  • Checkout milestone

    Checkouts exceed 1 million annually.

1980s

  • Card Catalog is automated

    Countywide computer system replaces the card catalog.

1990s

  • Garden Home Community Library

    Garden Home Community Library joins.

  • Online Catalog becomes available

    Countywide computer catalog converts to web-based system that incorporated internet technology.

2000s

  • Summer Reading Participation milestone

    Over 17,000 kids participate in the Summer Reading Program.

  • North Plains Public Library

    North Plains Public Library joins.

  • Checkout milestone

    Total checkouts of materials: 7,389,681.

2010s

  • Circulation milestone

    Total checkouts 11,872,665.

  • E-book milestone

    E-book collection grows to 522,292.

  • Aloha Community Library

    Aloha Community Library joins.

    October 2016