County Libraries to Expand Service Hours

The county’s library system will return to pre-pandemic service hours at most of its branches, effective January 2, officials announced today.

The county previously announced a return to pre-pandemic service hours last September but rescinded the decision soon after.

“Our libraries are critical gathering epicenters throughout our communities where many residents rely on, not just access to books, but to the internet as well,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich in a press release. “I appreciate the work of our employees and I thank our residents and patrons of the library for their patience as we worked to ensure that our libraries are COVID safe and accessible for both visitors and employees.”

Maggie Nightingale in Poolesville currently is closed for a refresh and the Noyes Library for Young Children in Kensington will maintain current operating hours.

All other branches will open from 10 a.m. — 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“One of my highest priorities is to work towards providing equity of service to our community members,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “By equalizing and restoring hours at all of our branches, we are taking a huge step in continuing this mission.  I thank everyone who was involved in this process, as well as our customers for their patience.” 

“File:Silver Spring Library 9-23-16.jpg” by Abby Norling-Ruggles is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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