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Serving Washington County, Maryland and the Cumberland Valley since 1898.

The Washington County Free Library System is dedicated to serving the personal, educational, and professional information needs of our communities. WCFL promotes community enrichment and economic vitality by providing information and library materials in a variety of formats.


The Washington County Free Library is committed to building a strong, interconnected, diverse community by bringing people, information and ideas together.  


Washington County will be a vibrant, collaborative, educated and diverse community.




Founders of America's first bookmobile and the second oldest county-wide library system in the United States, we are proud of our years of service and innovation. "The Role of the Thursday Club in Founding the Washington County Free Library" (Maryland Cracker Barrel, Summer 2020 edition) offers a comprehensive early history of the library system and the work of librarian Mary Lemist Titcomb. We continue to innovate services to meet changing community needs today with outstanding customer service. WCFL was named the At Your Service Award winner at the 2023 Washington County Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. 

Governed by a dedicated Board of Trustees, WCFL is pledged to helping government, business, education, and community leaders reach Washington County's vision of excellence. Washington County Free Library includes the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Library, seven branch libraries throughout the county, and mobile library services to offer equitable access to information for all residents of Washington County. 

Washington County Free Library's spaces are designed as state-of-the-art educational centers and comfortable spaces for staff and visitors. WCFL's newly constructed spaces share an emphasis on sustainable building materials and energy efficiency. The Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Library building has a Silver Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) certification from the United States Green Building Council.

Find our Annual Report, Strategic Plan, Board Meeting Schedule, and more on the About Us page.