Washington County Library loves Minecraft! Join in the fun on WashCoLib's official Minecraft Java Edition server or play Minecraft at the library using one of our free public accounts.
Our server provides a safe, friendly, community environment for Minecraft players of all ages to work together, build, and have fun. All you need to get started is Minecraft Java Edition and a personal account or a free public account at the library.
- WashCoLib Minecraft Server
- Public Minecraft Accounts
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Summer 2021 Build Contest!
How do I start playing on the WashCoLib Minecraft server?
If you have Minecraft Java Edition:
- Fill out the Minecraft Player Form and include your Minecraft username to get whitelisted to join our server.
- Wait for an email confirmation that you have been whitelisted.
- Once your account is whitelisted, log in to the WashCoLib Minecraft server:
- Log into Minecraft
- Select "Multiplayer"
- Select "Direct Connect"
- Enter the server address: WCL.serverminer.com.
- Click "Join Server"
If you do not have Minecraft Java Edition:
We have free public accounts you can use on a public computer at any WashCoLib branch. To use a library account, visit your local branch and ask a staff member to sign you into a public Minecraft account on one of our public computers. You will need to fill out a Minecraft Player Form the first time you play.
Minecraft Java Edition is available to play on some public computers at each Washington County Library branch.
To use one of these free accounts, visit a WashCoLib branch and speak to a staff member.
You will need to fill out the Minecraft Player Form the first time you play. You can build your own world, play on WashCoLib’s Minecraft server, or play on a third-party server.
Individuals using the library’s Minecraft accounts must abide by the Washington County Library Policy on Internet Use. This policy can be read and accepted upon logging into any of our public computer stations.
What is Minecraft?
Minecraft is a sandbox video game – players can jump in to build, break, and play with blocks. Players can extract raw materials, craft tools and items, build structures, and interact with other players cooperatively or competitively.
What is a Minecraft server?
Servers are online worlds that allow players to play together, also known as multiplayer. They are created by partners where players can go for different experiences.
What's special about the WashCoLib server?
WashCoLib’s Minecraft server has a number of plugins to help enhance gameplay by preventing players from creating havoc in other spaces, removing players that curse or swear, allowing players to protect certain items, and more.
We also host special events on the server, including Minecraft Build Contests.
Our server is a Minecraft Java Edition server, which means it's only playable on a PC. It is open to players of all ages.
Why is the WashCoLib Minecraft server only available in Java Edition?
The WashCoLib server was created in 2015 with the original version of Minecraft, now called Java Edition. Currently, the ability to host servers on other platforms, also called Bedrock Edition, is still in early development stages by Microsoft. Because of this, Microsoft warns that it may have severe issues and they could decide to stop providing server capabilities at any time. The library will explore creating a Bedrock Edition server when the future of these servers is more certain.
What is the difference between Minecraft Java Edition and the other versions of Minecraft?
Minecraft Java Edition is the original version of Minecraft and is only playable on PC. The other editions are collectively known as Minecraft Bedrock Edition. Bedrock Edition is the version available on gaming consoles, mobile devices, and Windows 10. Java Edition caters to more serious Minecraft players and allows for more mods, customization, and access to massive multiplayer servers. Bedrock Edition is used for more casual play and multiplayer cross-play (ex: you can play with friends even if you’re on a Nintendo Switch and they are on a mobile device).
What if I have a problem with the server or have ideas for improvements?
Please email AskALibrarian@washcolib.libanswers.com with any issues, questions, or ideas on how we can improve our Minecraft offerings at WashCoLib.
Challenge: Vacation Destination
For our summer 2021 Build Contest, we challenged Minecraft builders to create the ultimate “Vacation Destination.” Players had one week to use their creativity and and skills to build anything from pools to dancefloors, from hammocks to roller coasters!
Builds were judged on creativity, detail, maneuverability, and cohesive concept. One build from each age range was chosen as the winner: ages 5-8, 9-12, 13-18. Participants, we'd love to hear what you thought! Please fill out our program evaluation survey.
Check out our winners below!
Winner for Ages 13-18: Halle, Age 15
Honorable Mention for Ages 13-18: Alexis, Age 15
Winner for Ages 9-12: Calvin, Age 10
Winner for Ages 5-8: Team Foxes (Olivia, Lincoln, and Joshua)