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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 which is now allowing us to provide limited in-person library services. During the current stage of our gradual reopening plan, the following services are available:  

Branch Libraries

  • Most branch libraries are open during modified hours with a limited number of patrons in library buildings at a time. Reopening hours can be found here.
  • Everyone (ages five and older) must wear a face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth when inside Washington County Free Library buildings. Please practice social distancing and limit visits to 60 minutes.
  • Some areas within branch library buildings are temporarily “staff only.” No meeting rooms are available during this time.
  • Public computers are available for one hour.
  • Passport services have been temporarily suspended.

Library Materials

  • Most branches are offering curbside pickup. Schedule 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.
  • 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 120 hours (5 days). As an extra precaution, patrons may decide to quarantine items for an additional 24 hours before use.
  • No fines are being accrued for at this time.

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