YCL Board Announces Operational Changes

York County Commissioners Cut $300,000 in Library Funding

The York County Libraries Board of Directors has announced changes in library operating hours and services for 2018.  The measures are a direct result of the loss of $300,000 in funding from York County.  The York County Commissioners announced the budget cut in late December 2017.  The impact extends into library hours, collections, technology, and programs. 

“We have made some tough decisions to respond to this sudden budgetary shortfall. At a countywide level, these changes equate to less books, fewer services, less hours open to the public, and a reduction in paid staff hours. But that is just the start. There is a ripple effect.  In addition to countywide reductions, individual libraries are evaluating their budgets and implementing decisions.  At the Commonwealth level, the $300,000 cut puts York County Libraries in jeopardy of losing state funding for not meeting the per capita service mandates of the state library code.” York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert  

Here is a breakdown of the changes: 

Library Hours Reduced 64 Hours per Week Starting February 17

Unfortunately, one of the biggest changes YCL members will immediately notice is the decrease in operating hours at Collinsville Community Library, Dover Area Community Library, Glatfelter Memorial Library, Kreutz Creek Library, Martin Library, Red Land Community Library and Village Library

Combined, the seven libraries are reducing hours a total of 64 hours a week, 256 hours a month.   And as a result, 52 paid staff members will have work hours reduced in tandem with the new operating hours that begin Saturday, February 17.   

Fewer Books and Reduced Online Service

In addition, there is a 20% reduction in collection expenditures at the county level.  This affects all York County Libraries’ locations since titles by best-selling authors are centrally ordered and distributed.  As a result, there will be fewer new fiction and non-fiction copies available on the shelves and online, longer hold lists for new releases, and online service changes.  Already in effect, the number of allowable loans per month for YCL’s digital service Hoopla have dropped from five to three.  At the local library level, Glatfelter Memorial Library is reducing their collection budget by 15%, and Kaltreider-Benfer Library and the Arthur Hufnagel Library of Glen Rock are cutting their collection budgets by 25%. 

York County Libraries’ Technology Spending Cut Back

We will be slowing down the replacement schedule for our computers which means we will need to hold onto outdated equipment. Introducing technology to community members is an important part of what we do.  With reduced funding, we are unable to invest in new technology such as maker spaces.   Our libraries offer free public access to 212 computers and free access to Wi-Fi.  We serve as digital access points for those without means to own computers or pay for Internet access. In addition, our members living in rural areas like Brogue depend on the library to access high-speed Internet.  

Fewer Library Programs

Reduced hours and less staff time will ultimately translate to fewer programs.  The exact impact in this area remains under consideration at individual libraries.  To date, Glatfelter Memorial Library and Kaltreider-Benfer Library are reducing program budgets by 20% and 25% respectively.   

 “Our libraries are a lifeline, not a luxury. We help residents every single day with job searches, health information, and educational resources. We provide early literacy opportunities, and provide safe engaging places for children and teens after-school.  We need this funding restored to continue meeting the needs of York Countians.”  York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert

We Need Your Help!

We want to restore full library service to you as quickly as possible!  Please ask the York County Commissioners to restore funding. We’ve made it easy for you.  Simply click here to send them an email message.  Thank You!


**New Library Hours Effective Saturday, February 17

Brogue **NEW Hours
Collinsville Community Library
2632 Delta Road, Brogue
Monday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Tuesday 3:00pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday  2:00 pm – 6:00pm
Friday 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday 1st & 3rd  9:00am – 1:00pm

Dover **NEW Hours
Dover Area Community Library
3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover
Monday 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday 10:00am - 1:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm

Etters **NEW Hours
Red Land Community Library
48 Robin Hood Drive, Etters
Monday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm

Hellam **NEW Hours
Kreutz Creek Library
66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam
Monday 10:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday 2:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm

Jacobus **NEW Hours
Village Library
35-C North Main Street, Jacobus
Monday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Tuesday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday 10:00am – 12:00pm

Spring Grove **NEW Hours
Glatfelter Memorial Library
101 Glenview Road, Spring Grove
Monday 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 2:00pm

York City **NEW Hours
Martin Library
159 East Market Street, York
Monday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 10:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm