NOTTINGHAM, MD—Baltimore County Public Library branches will reopen for limited, in-person browsing later this month.
Seventeen branches will open to the public at 30 percent capacity on May 17, while 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 branch, Rosedale will offer curbside service, but not in-branch browsing. Perry Hall will offer curbside service via the drive-up windows.
All visitors must complete a health screening at bacosafe.org prior to entering. Those age 5 and over must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth at all times.
New public browsing hours will be:
- Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 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)
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 (Rosedale branches)
- Children’s play areas, toys, games and computers
“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.