Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closures 2020

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed on Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, except:
Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 21.

As always, e-books and streaming video are available 24/7 for checkout!

Monday, January 13, 2020

WCCLS catalog and online accounts are back up!

Thank you for your patience while the WCCLS catalog and online accounts were unavailable for software updates! We are now back up and running as usual.

If you are seeing any odd behavior with the catalog or account, please clear your browser's cache (instructions here). We aren't expecting any problems, but this should resolve any issues.

If your browser is not storing your WCCLS barcode and PIN when you log in to your account, clear your browser's cache, and then adjust your browser's settings for saving login information.

Questions? If you have questions about your WCCLS account, please contact your local WCCLS library for assistance.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Updates to Catalog, January 12 - 14

Starting at 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 12, patron catalog accounts will be unavailable. This is because WCCLS will be performing software updates during this time. We anticipate that accounts will become available sometime on Tuesday, January 14.

Here's what you need to know: 
  • No library materials will be due on Sunday, January 12, Monday, January 13, or Tuesday, January 14
  • Follow WCCLS on Facebook and Twitter to get the most frequent updates about the downtime 
  • When accounts are available again, we will also announce it on our News & Events blog 

What will be available during the software updates? 
  • You can still search the catalog, but not log in to your account. The alternate catalog will not be available.
  • You will NOT be able to access streaming video via Kanopy 
  • You will be able to access downloadable e-books and audiobooks via OverDrive 
  • The wccls.org website will be available, including WCCLS online resources and the events calendar 

Thanks in advance for your patience while we work to upgrade our catalog and account software! We apologize for the inconvenience.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Winter Holiday Library Hours

Check the table below to find out when WCCLS member libraries will be closing over the holidays. We wish you a safe and happy holiday season! Remember that you can download e-books and audiobooks any time.

Dec. 24
Dec. 25
Dec. 26
Dec. 31
Jan. 1

Closed Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed

Closed Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed

Closing at 5pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed
Murray Scholls
Closing at 5pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed

Cedar Mill
Closed Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed
Cedar Mill at
Closed Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed

Closing at 2pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 6pm Closed

Forest Grove
Closing at 3pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed

Garden Home
Closing at 3pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 3pm Closed

Closing at 4pm Closed Closing at 6pm Closing at 4pm Closed
*Hillsboro libraries will close early at 6pm on Thursday, January 2

North Plains
Closing at 2pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed

Closing at 2pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 5pm Closed

Closing at 4pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 4pm Closed

Closing at 6pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 6pm Closed

West Slope
Closing at 4pm Closed Normal Hours Closing at 4pm Closed

Thursday, December 5, 2019

2020 Teen Summer Reading Art Contest

Are you an artist who also happens to be age 12-18? Submit a design to our Teen Summer Reading Artwork Contest!

The winning design will be used on 2020 Teen Summer Reading program materials across Washington County, including posters, bookmarks, flyers and more.

Winners also receive gift cards for Amazon.com:
First Prize: $200
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $50

Digital artwork submissions are accepted! Enter the contest online, or visit any WCCLS library to drop off your entry.

Submissions will be accepted starting Monday, January 6, 2020, and the last day to submit your entry is Saturday, February 15, 2020.

Click here to get all of the contest details and the entry form.

Winners will be announced in May. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Library Closures for Thanksgiving week 2019

See the chart below for WCCLS member libraries hours during the week of Thanksgiving.

Remember that you can download ebooks and audiobooks and stream videos 24/7!

Nov. 27
Nov. 28
Nov. 29
Nov. 30

Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
BanksClosing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Closing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours
Murray Scholls
Closing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours
BethanyNormal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Cedar Mill
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Closing at 6:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Forest Grove
Normal HoursClosedClosedClosed

Garden Home
Closing at 3:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Shute Park
Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

North Plains
Closing at 5:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
SherwoodClosing at 6:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
TualatinClosing at 6:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

West Slope
Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Tigard Library hours are changing, beginning December 1

Beginning Sunday, December 1, the Tigard Library will have new hours: 
  • Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The slight change in hours can yield big results in terms of how efficiently we can help patrons.  Currently, our lowest use is from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weeknights. By closing an hour earlier, we can re-allocate staff to serve patrons during our busier times. 

Most other libraries in the Washington County library cooperative (WCCLS) close at 8 p.m. or earlier. When we surveyed patrons earlier this year about changing operating hours, less than seven percent of respondents said it would affect them negatively. The City recently conducted performance audits, and the independent auditors recommended that the library close at 8 on weekdays.

Consistent weekend hours from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on both days will enhance service for patrons who can only visit the library on weekends. Plus, the new hours will be easier to remember! 

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Veterans Day Holiday Library Closures

Most WCCLS member libraries will be closing in observance of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11.   

Two libraries will remain open:
  • The Hillsboro Public Libraries (Brookwood and Shute Park)
  • The Tualatin Public Library will be open, and closes early at 6:00pm
The following libraries will be closed:
  • Aloha Community Library
  • Banks Public Library
  • Beaverton City Libraries 
  • Cedar Mill Community Libraries
  • Cornelius Public Library
  • Forest Grove City Library
  • Garden Home Community Library
  • North Plains Public Library
  • Sherwood Public Library
  • Tigard Public Library
  • West Slope Community Library

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Send in Ballots for November 2019 Election

Ballots must be received at official collection sites by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 

Washington County elections officials are encouraging voters to mail or drop off their ballots as soon as possible for the November 5 election.

Voters should have received their ballots by mail last weekend. Voters will have until October 31 to send their completed ballots in appropriately signed envelopes through the U.S. Postal Service.

After this date, completed ballots should be dropped off at official collection sites in order to meet the election’s 8 p.m. deadline on November 5. 

Ballot drop-off sites can be found on the Washington County website.

Elections Office Moved to New Location 

Voters should be aware that the Washington County Elections Office relocated from Beaverton to Hillsboro earlier this fall. The new office is in the SunTech Corporate Park at 2925 NE Aloclek Drive, Suite 170, Hillsboro.

Aloclek Drive is a quarter of a mile east of NE Cornelius Pass Road and is accessible from NW Evergreen Parkway to the north and NE Cornell Road to the south. TriMet bus lines 47 and 48 provide service to this part of Hillsboro.

Information about vote-by-mail, voter eligibility and other election matters may be found at the Washington County Elections Office website or by calling 503-846-5800.