Library to Reopen for Public Browsing on Monday, May 17
May 06, 2021 | By Baltimore County Public Library
Baltimore County Public Library will open for limited, in-person browsing on Monday, May 17. Eighteen branches will open to the public and the library’s popular curbside service option will remain in place indefinitely. Extended loan fees will continue to be waived indefinitely.
- Due to ongoing renovations at the branches:
- Reisterstown will remain closed for curbside service and in-branch browsing.
- Pikesville will offer in person browsing and walk-up curbside service.
- Arbutus and Perry Hall will offer curbside service via the drive-up windows.
Browsing Rules and Hours
All visitors are encouraged, but not required, to wear masks.
New public browsing hours will be:
- Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Services available will be:
- Browsing and self-checkout of materials
- Limited computer use (one hour per day)
- Information and account management requests
- Self-service printing, faxing and copying
- Library card registration and digital card conversions (for full access to the collection)
While the library has been closed for public browsing since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, it has continued to offer services such as:
- Curbside pickup
- Computer appointments
- Grab-and-go meals
- Digital downloads and streaming services
- Virtual programs—Programs will remain virtual at this time but outdoor, in-person programs will be held at select branches this summer.
- Virtual services
Future Reopening Phases
Library services and facility usage that will be reinstated in future reopening phases (dates to be determined), include:
- Meeting room usage
- Open seating or study spaces
- Magazine rooms and access to newspapers
- Notary and passport services
- Permits and licenses
- Storyville (Woodlawn and Rosedale branches)
- The Hive (Hereford Branch)
- COLAB (Randallstown Branch)
- Children’s play areas, toys, games and computers
A Message from the Director
“We are excited to reopen to the public and serve our community through in-person services. Safety has and will remain a top priority. I am proud of how quickly our team pivoted and adjusted to make the necessary changes during this unprecedented pandemic to provide our community safe access to the library,” said Baltimore County Public Library Director Sonia Alcántara-Antoine.