Thursday, January 18, 2018

Catalog and account software will be down starting Sunday night until Tuesday

We will be posting more frequent updates about the catalog and account availability on Facebook and Twitter

Starting at 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 21, the WCCLS catalog and accounts will be unavailable. This is because WCCLS will be performing software updates during this time. We anticipate that the catalog and accounts will become available sometime on Tuesday, January 23.

Here's what you need to know: 
  • No library materials will be due on Sunday, January 21, Monday, January 22, or Tuesday, January 23
  • Follow WCCLS on Facebook and Twitter to get the most frequent updates about the downtime 
  • When the catalog and accounts are available again, we will also announce it on our News & Events blog 

What will be available during the software updates? 

What will be different when the WCCLS catalog and accounts are updated? 
You will notice some improvements to the appearance of the public catalog and your library account. You can watch a short video that shows some of the highlights, including:
  • Fully responsive - no matter the size of the device you use to view the catalog (from a desktop computer to a mobile phone), it will re-adjust the way it displays so that the information fits nicely on your screen
  • several improvements to saved title lists, including the ability to place holds on multiple titles at once
  • quickly limit your search to just items that are at your favorite library, just items that are currently available to check out, or both, items that are available to check out at a specific location

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

Monday, January 8, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. Day closures 2018

All WCCLS member libraries will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, except:
Regular hours will resume Tuesday, January 16.

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

Updates to WCCLS catalog & account January 21-23

Starting at 6:00 pm on Sunday, January 21, the WCCLS catalog and accounts will be unavailable. This is because WCCLS will be performing software updates during this time. We anticipate that the catalog and accounts will become available sometime on Tuesday, January 23.

Here's what you need to know: 
  • No library materials will be due on Sunday, January 21, Monday, January 22, or Tuesday, January 23
  • Follow WCCLS on Facebook and Twitter to get the most frequent updates about the downtime 
  • When the catalog and accounts are available again, we will also announce it on our News & Events blog 

What will be available during the software updates? 

What will be different when the WCCLS catalog and accounts are updated? 
You will notice some improvements to the appearance of the public catalog and your library account. You can watch a short video that shows some of the highlights, including:
  • Fully responsive - no matter the size of the device you use to view the catalog (from a desktop computer to a mobile phone), it will re-adjust the way it displays so that the information fits nicely on your screen
  • several improvements to saved title lists, including the ability to place holds on multiple titles at once
  • quickly limit your search to just items that are at your favorite library, just items that are currently available to check out, or both, items that are available to check out at a specific location

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

Monday, December 18, 2017

Winter Holiday Closures for WCCLS member libraries

Please note most WCCLS member libraries will have reduced hours for the upcoming holidays... but remember that you can download e-books and audiobooks anytime!

Check here for regular WCCLS member library hours.

Saturday, December 23
  • Aloha Community Library - closed
Sunday, December 24
  • Aloha Community Library - regular closure
  • Banks Public Library  - regular closure
  • Beaverton City Library and Murray Scholls Branch  - closed
  • Cedar Mill Community Library and Bethany Branch  - closed
  • Cornelius Public Library - closed
  • Forest Grove City Library  - regular closure
  • Garden Home Community Library - closing at 3:00pm
  • Hillsboro Brookwood Library and Shute Park Library  - closed
  • North Plains Public Library - regular closure
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft  - regular closure
  • Sherwood Public Library - closed
  • Tuality Healthcare Library  - regular closure
  • West Slope Community Library - regular closure
Monday, December 25
  • All libraries closed
Tuesday, December 26
  • Banks Public Library - closed
  • Hillsboro Brookwood Library and Shute Park Library - closing at 6:00pm
Sunday, December 31
  • Aloha Community Library - regular closure
  • Banks Public Library  - regular closure
  • Beaverton City Library and Murray Scholls Branch  - closed
  • Forest Grove City Library  - regular closure
  • Hillsboro Brookwood Library and Shute Park Library  - close at 4:00pm
  • North Plains Public Library - regular closure
  • Oregon College of Art & Craft  - regular closure
  • Tuality Healthcare Library  - regular closure
  • West Slope Community Library - regular closure
Monday, January 1
  • All libraries closed
Tuesday, January 2
  • Hillsboro Brookwood Library and Shute Park Library  - close at 6:00pm

Friday, December 1, 2017

2018 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 2018 Teen Summer Reading program materials across Washington County, including posters, bookmarks, flyers and more.

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

New for 2018:
Digital artwork submissions accepted! Enter the contest online, or visit any WCCLS library to drop off your entry.

Submissions will be accepted starting Monday, January 8, 2018, and the last day to submit your entry is Monday, February 12, 2018. 

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

Winners will be announced at the beginning of April. Good luck!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Library Closures for Thanksgiving week

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

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

LibraryWednesday
Nov. 22
Thursday
Nov. 23
Friday
Nov. 24
Saturday
Nov. 25

Aloha
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
BanksNormal HoursClosedClosedNormal Hours

Beaverton
Closing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours
Beaverton
Murray Scholls
Closing at 5:00ClosedClosedNormal Hours

Cedar Mill
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Cedar Mill at
Bethany
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Cornelius
Normal HoursClosedClosedNormal Hours

Forest Grove
Normal HoursClosedClosedClosed

Garden Home
Closing at 3:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Hillsboro
Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Hillsboro
Shute Park
Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

North Plains
Closing at 5:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Oregon College
of Art and Craft
Normal HoursClosedClosedUsual Closure

Sherwood
Normal HoursClosedClosedNormal Hours

Tigard
Normal HoursClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Tualatin
Closing at 6:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours
Tuality Health
Resource Center
Closing at 3:00ClosedClosedUsual Closure

West Slope
Closing at 4:00ClosedNormal HoursNormal Hours

Friday, November 3, 2017

Library Closures for Veterans Day

Most, but not all, WCCLS member libraries will be closing in observance of Veterans Day: on Friday, November 10, or Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Libraries closed Friday, November 10:
Cedar Mill Community Library
Cedar Mill Community Library @ Bethany
Cornelius Public Library
Forest Grove City Library
Sherwood Public Library
West Slope Community Library
WCCLS offices & courier services

Libraries closed Saturday, November 11:
Aloha Community Library
Banks Public Library
Beaverton City Library
Beaverton City Library @ Murray Scholls
Forest Grove City Library
Garden Home Community Library
North Plains Public Library
Sherwood Public Library
Tigard Public Library

Libraries open both days:
Hillsboro Brookwood Library
Hillsboro Shute Park Library
Tualatin Public Library

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Best Practices for Protecting your Devices

As you may have heard, a WI-FI security vulnerability was announced last weekend. It is called KRACK, and there are simple steps you can take to protect your devices.

These steps are also general best practices for the security of your devices and personal information.
  • Update your device, operating system, and browser to the latest versions
  • Try not to interact with personal information while on open Wi-Fi networks, such as online banking or shopping.
  • Most websites that ask for personal information, such as banking sites, use HTTPS. HTTPS can protect you from this vulnerability. Most browsers will tell you the site is using HTTPS with a little padlock. 
  • You might also consider installing an HTTPS Everywhere extension on your browser.

The WCCLS website and library catalog both use HTTPS to keep your personal information secure.

More information about KRACK can be found on PCWorld, CNET, and TechCrunch.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Help us organize the research section of the WCCLS website!

Do you have a spare 5-10 minutes to help with the WCCLS website? 


The purpose of a card sort is to help us organize content on our website in a meaningful way, so that people can navigate it quickly and easily.  We want to improve the use of the Research section of our website, and the information you provide will help create the structure of the improved section.

During the card sort, you will be given a set of online cards to organize in a way that seems logical to you. There are no “right answers” in a card sort, but as a group we can see trends that will inform the navigation of our website.  The survey will close October 27.  Your participation is greatly appreciated!