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Arbutus Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library


Arbutus Branch

855 Sulphur Spring Road 
Arbutus, Maryland 21227-2745
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Telephone: 410-887-1451

Fax: 410-536-0328

Email the Arbutus Branch at ContactAR@bcpl.net

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Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Year Round)

* The drive-up window is open the same hours as the library.


Arbutus History Room:
The History Room is open to the public.  Access is available through the Information Desk.


Meeting Room:
Capacity: 100+, tables (on wheels): 15, chairs: 126
Study and Quiet Rooms Available

Meeting Room Reservations: 410-887-6109


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About the Arbutus Branch

The new Arbutus Branch opened on August 10, 2010. The new building is located at 855 Sulphur Spring Road and replaces the previous location at 1581 Sulphur Spring Road. The library is one part of the $11 million library, community and senior center complex at this location. The new library is 25,000 square feet -- nearly 10,000 square feet larger than the previous facility. It houses public computers that offer Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as Internet and e-mail access, a quiet study area, two group study rooms and a drive-up window to pick up and return materials. The meeting room is double the size of the room at our previous location. The branch offers a full range of information services, including telephone and walk-in reference service. Our collection includes everything from best sellers and children's literature to DVDs and books on CD. Business reference and local history resources are also available.


Arbutus History Room

The History Room is a collection of cataloged files of newspaper clippings, pamphlets, local history documents, maps and photographs pertaining to the history of Arbutus, Halethorpe, Relay, St. Denis, Lansdowne, Baltimore Highlands, Riverview and English Consul. The collection is maintained by the Friends of the Arbutus Library and is housed in the library History Room. Access to the collection is available through the Information Desk. Materials are available to the public during regular library business hours.


Arbutus Stories:

During the 2010 spring semester and again in 2011, Intercultural Video Production students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County worked with residents of Arbutus and surrounding communities on a collaborative video project.  In Arbutus Stories, residents reflect on their life-long association with the community through digital stories. Each resident teamed with a student to create short movies combining photos and other imagery with recollections of people and places. The project was conceived as a celebration of the August 2010 opening of the new Arbutus Branch.



Watch all of the Arbutus Stories on the BCPL YouTube channel.

About the Arbutus Stories Project with Meri Solas (video, time: 4:20)


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Links to additional information about the Arbutus area


Friends of the Arbutus Library

The purpose of the Friends of the Arbutus Library is to promote and support library services in the Greater Arbutus area; to build up the resources of the Arbutus History Room; to adopt guidelines for its operation; and to promote public interest in its program.



Harry Robertson, President, hrob1256@verizon.net
Robert Maranto Jr., Branch Manager, rmaranto@bcpl.net
, 410-887-1451
Ruth Slemp, Circulation Assistant, pslemp@bcpl.net, 410-887-1451


The Friends of the Arbutus Library:


  • Maintain the Arbutus History Room by collecting and organizing relevant articles, photographs, genealogies and other documents.

  • Plan and present historical programs of interest to the residents of the greater Arbutus area.


Last revised: September 16, 2014