Allegany County Libraries Reopen to Public

Allegany County Libraries Reopen to Public

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Libraries Open on March 1!

Library hours will be:

Monday - Thursday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

On March 1, the Allegany County Library System will welcome library users back into the library buildings with modifications to operations and services as part of Phase 4 of the library reopening plan. The library’s phased plan has progressed in accordance with the safety and health guidelines set by the State of Maryland and ongoing assessments of library staffing, facilities, resources, and supplies.

The Frostburg, George’s Creek, South Cumberland, Washington Street, and Westernport Libraries will open from 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM Monday through Thursday. As per the Governor's Order, masks are required for all users over the age of 5 and we ask that you refrain from entering the library if you or a household member is sick. The library buildings will be limited to a fifteen (15) patron limit and one (1) hour visit.

Available services vary by location, but library users will be able to browse adult materials, pick up holds, return items to the book drop, use the public computers, printers, and copier machines, as well as access the public WiFi at all reopening libraries. As a reminder, the LaVale Library will not be reopening due to its scheduled renovation project.

Enhanced safety measures have led to these temporarily modified services and policies including, but not limited to:

Children’s rooms will be closed at the Washington Street and South Cumberland libraries.
Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by and stay with a parent, guardian, or caregiver at least 16 years of age at all times while in the library.
All returned and out-of-county material will continue to be quarantined for at least 2 days.
Staff assistance is NOT available for the public computers or copiers. If you will need assistance, please bring someone with you.
Community meeting rooms are closed to the public.
Public restrooms are closed to the public.

The Allegany County Library System understands that this is an unprecedented and difficult time for many. We have taken the following steps to help remove barriers as much as possible to provide access to information and library services:

Circulation system fines and fees will not be charged until April 1, 2021.
Previously, library users with a fine balance over $7 were not able to check-out physical library materials. Starting March 1, the fine limit will be raised to $20, allowing for more library users to access physical library material.
All library users, regardless of fine balance will continue to be able to access digital collections and resources.
We will temporarily waive the out of state library card fee of $10.
We will temporarily waive the replacement card fee of $1.
Through the month of March, library computer users will temporarily be able to print up to 2 black and white pages per day at no charge.
Sidewalk Service will be discontinued when libraries reopen due to limited resources however, sidewalk pickups may be accommodated by request for users in need. Please call your library for more information or fill out a Reasonable Accommodation Request Form.

The Allegany County Library System is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our patrons, staff, and community. We have implemented these enhanced safety measures for Phase 4 of library reopening:

Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the open areas of the library.
Facilities will continue to be disinfected and cleaned on a nightly basis.
Library staff will continue to clean and disinfect “high touch” areas, such as door knobs and handles, hourly during operating hours.
Masks will be provided for those without one wishing to enter the library or pickup material.
Library users will have access to cleaning supplies to disinfect public computer stations before and after sessions.
Public computers will have keyboard covers that will be changed hourly.
Library staff will disinfect the photocopier hourly.
The Allegany County Library System has taken the Mountain Maryland Pledge to Prevent to demonstrate our shared commitment to the health and wellbeing of our employees, patrons, and the community.

The Allegany County Library System is using guidelines from the CDC, the State of Maryland, and the Allegany County Health Department. Even as we follow these guidelines, as a public space and service we cannot guarantee a risk-free environment. Using the library service is your decision based on the needs of you and your family. For anyone not comfortable using the library's physical materials, digital collections are available at Click for Details

These hours and services are subject to change as library administration continues to assess library staffing, facilities, resources, and supplies as well as local health statistics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit our website at Click for Details for the latest information and updates about library operations and reopening plans.

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Date: March 1, 2021
Time: 2:00pm - 6:00pm

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