A Message from Director Paula Miller
March 24, 2020 | By Baltimore County Public Library
Dear valued Baltimore County Public Library customers,
We are in unprecedented times in our country—and these unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures.
Following Governor Larry Hogan’s March 23 Order to close nonessential services, Baltimore County Public Library is closed until further notice. We will reopen our facilities when guidance indicates that it is safe for both the public and our staff to do so.
For all our readers and visitors who borrowed items before the library closed, please keep materials in your possession until we are back in full operation. Book drops are locked so they don’t get jammed and materials don’t get damaged. However, extended loan fees will not be incurred during the closure, so feel free to reread that favorite children’s book to your child or grandchild again., and again, and again!
Please note that the closure of our buildings does not mean a shutdown of library services. Our digital resources are still available— e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines and movies can be accessed with a library card. For your friends and family who may not have a library card, an e-card is available immediately with online registration. Additionally, all Baltimore County Public Schools students’ identification numbers serve as virtual library cards.
Since closing our doors on Sunday, March 15, our staff has been working remotely to continue the library’s mission of providing opportunities for the 830,000 citizens of Baltimore County to explore, learn, create and connect in this new environment. Adjusting our service model during this time allows us to continue to reach our many customers through staff innovation and talent. Be on the lookout for new virtual programs and resources for children, job seekers, book lovers and those who may want to take advantage of our online learning resources.
Governor Hogan and Baltimore County Executive Olszewski have been clear that now is the time to unite, work together and protect each other, so we are grateful for your continued support and patience as we continue to evaluate and adjust our operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are also proud of being a convener and connector for the community. So once this crisis has run its course and the library returns to normal operations, we look forward to welcoming you back. You have our commitment to be a leading resource as we all work together to rebuild our connections and our communities.