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Our COVID-19 Response

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The health and safety of Washington County Free Library customers and staff continue to be of utmost importance. WCFL has been diligent in following the advice of our federal, state, and local public health officials. With the support of the Washington County Health Department, Washington County Free Library Board of Trustees and Administration have made the decision to temporarily return to curbside pickup only effective Thursday, November 18. This decision will be re-evaluated on January 26.

During the current stage of our gradual reopening plan, the following services are available:  

Branch Libraries

  • Information about limited reopening hours for browsing and computer use can be found here
  • Curbside pickup hours can be found hereSchedule your curbside pickup using the calendar link sent by email or text once you’ve placed a hold. Information about placing holds can be found here.

Library Materials

  • All book drops are open. Return all library materials to book drops. WCFL is taking strict measures to ensure the safety of its patrons and staff by following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidelines. All WCFL materials have been quarantined for at least 48 hours. As an extra precaution, patrons may decide to quarantine items for an additional 24 hours before use.
  • Fines and fees have resumed for overdue or lost library materials.

Other Services

  • Reference staff are also available by phone to answer questions. Call 301-739-3250 ext. 300 for assistance.
  • Visit our online calendar here for information about upcoming virtual book discussion groups, craft programs, and more.
  • Information about our eLibrary resources can be found here. Read, watch, and enjoy instantly using your library card!

Staff have been working to disinfect library facilities and materials with an altered service model to safely serve the Washington County community. Staff have been provided personal protective equipment and workstations have been reconfigured to maintain social distancing. 

Thank you for continuing to support the library during this time. 

Jenny Bakos,
Executive Director