All 14 branches of Whitman County Library will close August 7-13 for annual maintenance week. During this closure, a number of projects will be performed that are difficult to complete when the library is open, including a major system upgrade that will interrupt library catalog access from the library's website August 8-10.
When complete, the online catalog will look and operate as it did before the upgrade since it is mainly hardware based. Normal catalog service is expected to resume sometime after mid-day on August 10th. Watch the website for status updates on this project.
While the catalog will be unavailable during the upgrade, many online services remain unaffected from the library website at www.whitco.lib.wa.us. These include downloadable audio and eBooks from Overdrive, Consumer Reports, Heritage Quest, and a wide variety of helpful databases. Internet access through the wireless networks also remains available from outside the buildings.
During the weeklong closure, due dates for library materials have been extended and no late fines will be charged. Bookdrops will remain open in all locations for customer convenience. Libraries affected by the closure are: Albion, Colfax, Colton, Endicott, Farmington, Garfield, LaCrosse, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, Rosalia, St. John, Tekoa, and Uniontown.
Residents may call the library at 397-4366 or toll-free at 1-877-733-3375 for information, details regarding the closure or renewal of materials