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Reopening - February 16, 2021

Washington County Free Library branches throughout the county are reopening to the public with modified hours with a limited number of people in the library buildings at a time as of Tuesday, February 16. Available services include open browsing for library materials, use of public computers, and curbside pickup for materials in certain locations. 

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.


Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch Library Hours 

Browsing and Computer Use
Monday - Friday: 10 AM to 6 PM

Curbside Pickup
Monday, Friday, & Saturday: 10 AM to 2 PM
Wednesday: 2 to 6 PM
For scheduled curbside pickups at the Fletcher Branch Library, use one of the city designated spaces along South Potomac Street or Antietam Street. When you arrive at your scheduled time, please call the posted phone number. 


Due to spacing and staffing considerations, browsing and computer use policies vary by location. 

 Branch Library Hours

 Boonsboro Free Library
Monday - Thursday: 1 to 6 PM
Friday: 12 to 5 PM

Clear Spring Memorial Library
Tuesday - Thursday: 1 to 6 PM
Friday: 12 to 5 PM

Hancock Memorial Library
Wednesday - Thursday: 1 to 6 PM
Friday: 12 to 5 PM

Keedysville Branch Library
Tuesday - Wednesday: 11 AM to 4 PM
Scheduled curbside pickup and computer use by appointment only.

Sharpsburg Branch Library
Tuesday - Thursday: 1 to 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 2 PM
Browsing and computer use by appointment only.

Smithsburg Branch Library
Monday - Thursday: 1 to 6 PM

Friday: 12 to 5 PM


Williamsport Memorial Library 
Monday - Thursday: 1 to 6 PM

Friday: 12 to 5 PM




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. WCFL has been observing abundantly cautious quarantine periods for returned library materials. Those decisions have been informed by the Battelle REALM study. Recently, Maryland Department of Health was asked to review the REALM study results to make a recommendation to Maryland libraries.


Based on this information and the recommendations of health officials, WCFL is changing the quarantine period for materials returned to our locations to 48 hours. A 48 hour quarantine should help make materials available to our library patrons more quickly while continuing to ensure everyone’s safety. As an extra precaution, patrons may decide to quarantine items for an additional 24 hours before use. 



Please Note: 

  • Public computers are available for one hour. 
  • Please see staff about study room reservations.
  • Some areas of the library buildings are temporarily "staff only."
  • Passport services have been temporarily suspended. 
  • Phone Reference Service is available from 10 AM to 6 PM Monday-Friday and from 10 AM to 2 PM Saturday-Sunday.
  • Visit our online calendar and 'like' our WCFL Facebook pages for information about upcoming virtual book discussion groups, craft programs, and more.



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. 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. 

Thank you for your understanding and for your continued support of the library.