Your Library and COVID-19

March 11, 2020 | By Baltimore County Public Library

The content below was posted before Governor Larry Hogan closed all non-essential business statewide on March 23. Baltimore County Public Library is currently closed, and will reopen to the public when it has been determined safe and responsible to do so. The library has a number of virtual resources, including e-books and databases, that are accessible 24/7 on this website. Read a note from Director Paula Miller.

Baltimore County Public Library is actively monitoring information, advice and directives from state and County public health officials and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) about coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, the library is open during normal business hours and programs are running as scheduled.

With the guidance of Baltimore County Government, the library administration is monitoring the fluidity of events surrounding COVID-19, providing guidance to staff and making decisions accordingly to keep our staff and their families safe.  

Prevention Practices

The library’s first priority is to continue serving customers’ library needs while maintaining the safety and health of its staff and the public. To aid in awareness and prevention, activities beyond routine practices include:

  • More frequent cleaning of the library counters, public computers and children’s areas
  • Making hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes available to the public when possible and upon request
  • Reminding everyone of safety practices regarding hand washing and virus transmission with signage in our restrooms and throughout our 19 branches
  • Encouraging everyone—including staff members on the library floor—to practice social distancing of four to six feet
  • Encouraging our team of nearly 700 dedicated employees to stay home if they, or their close family members, are sick

There are also ways to interact with your library that minimizes contact with others:

  • Renew library materials by telephone at 410-494-9063 or online through your account
  • Use the book drops at any of our locations for convenient returns
  • Check out our digital services available to cardholders for free, including:
    • Downloadable e-books, audiobooks and magazines
    • Streamable movies with Kanopy
    • Digital subscriptions to The New York Times

Additional Resources

Resources from the Baltimore County Department of Health can help County residents and visitors make informed decisions and provide information on how to protect themselves and their loved ones.

2-1-1 is available either by phone or online for those who have questions or want more information about COVID-19 at both local and state levels.

Our Fundamental Values

You have our commitment that we will not stray from our fundamental values:

  • Customers and communities
  • Equal access
  • Intellectual freedom
  • Flexibility and collaboration
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Continuous improvement

Thank you for your patience and support of Baltimore County Public Library. 

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