April 23 to 29 is National Library Week, and there is oh-so-much to love about Washington County libraries! Whether you’re a longtime patron or a new cardholder, you may not know about all the incredible benefits available to you. Below is a list of our top 11 library perks (some you can take advantage of from the convenience of home)!
Reserve free admission for you and a guest to visit popular destinations like Pittock Mansion, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals, Portland Japanese Garden, and more.
Enjoy unlimited online access to The New York Times. Coverage includes world news, national news, investigative reporting, op-eds, lifestyle, daily crossword and more. View all articles published between 1851 and 1922, and from 1981 to present day.
Get unlimited access to more than 7,000 of the world’s top magazines and newspapers. Browse current publications from 120 countries in 60 languages – translation and audio are available! Read in your browser or download the PressReader app.
From indie flicks and classics to documentaries and foreign films, stream thousands of movies.
Browse thousands of e-books and audiobooks that you can read or listen to on the go. High-contrast, large print and dyslexic fonts are available. Bonus: Digital books automatically get returned on the due date, keeping hold times down and saving gas.
Small and mighty, big and bright, each Washington County library has something different to offer. Search the event calendar for storytimes, book groups, game nights, classes, and craft activities happening at one of the 16 library locations near you.
Several libraries offer makerspaces, a community room where you can create, design and try something new. Equipment typically includes 3D printers, sewing machines, laser cutters, button makers, as well as supplies for fine art, paper crafts, fiber arts, and more. Offerings and hours vary by location. Visit the websites for Hillsboro Public Library, Beaverton City Library, and Tualatin Public Library for more information.
The Library of Things is a collection of non-traditional library items that provide you with the physical objects needed to explore interests, new and old. Items range from kitchenware and tools to technology and musical instruments. Oh, there's also a robotic companion cat you can borrow.
All 16 library locations in Washington County offer free wi-fi (courtesy of WCCLS). You don’t even need to buy a cup of coffee or a muffin to enjoy reliable, high-speed internet.
As of January 2021, WCCLS libraries no longer charge late fees for overdue materials. Fees will be applied only if an item is lost or damaged.
If you or someone you love doesn't have a library card, now is the perfect time to get one! WCCLS library cards are free to residents of Washington County.