COVID-19/Pandemic Reopening

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YCL Update

Please Note: As of May 17, 2021, all York County Libraries continue to follow current COVID health and safety protocols which include masking, occupancy limits, social distancing, safety barriers, quarantining of returned materials and frequent cleaning. We continue to ask that all library members and visitors, age two and older, wear masks or other approved face coverings inside library buildings and at outdoor library events. This measure is in place for both vaccinated and unvaccinated members until Pennsylvania’s mask mandate is fully lifted. Anyone who is unable to wear a mask should contact their library to discuss alternative service options.

York County Libraries to add Services & Hours

Starting Tuesday June 1, 2021

York County Libraries will expand in-library services and hours at several locations starting Tuesday, June 1. The libraries will shift from their current browse and go model to one that can accommodate members who want to stay a little longer.

There are two exceptions:

  • Kreutz Creek Library in Hellam will continue with lobby pickup only.
  • Martin Library in York will not add seating and computers.
  • Both are due to current renovation and construction projects

Starting Tuesday, June 1…

Here is a what you need to know:

Collections & Borrowing

  • The process for picking up hold items returns to normal. Items that are placed on hold can be picked up at library circulation desks.
    • The borrowing period for books and audiobooks reverts to three weeks beginning June 1.
  • The extended four-week loan period was temporarily in place to allow extra time for quarantine protocols.
  • Book bundles are available at several library locations
  • Wait time for holds will be reduced as library items will no longer need to be quarantined between borrowers.
  • Books can be returned at most library circulation desks and book drops.
  • High touch items including magazines and children’s board books will be available to borrow. Toys, play items, and STEAM kits will return after the mask mandate is fully lifted.

Library & Programs

  • Furniture for seating will be added back at all locations except Martin and Kreutz Creek.
  • Indoor library programs will start to return.
  • SummerQuest programs will be held virtually and outdoors as planned except in inclement weather. SummerQuest starts June 1!

Public Access Computers & Wi-Fi

  • Most York County Libraries* will re-open computer labs and provide indoor seating for Wi-Fi use
  • Wi-Fi is also available outside of most libraries on benches or from vehicles.
  • Hotspots are available to rent by members wanting temporary Wi-Fi access at home or while traveling. They are available at all locations except Kaltreider-Benfer Library. Contact your library for availability.

* Martin Library and Kreutz Creek Library will not be able to offer these services during construction.

Health & Safety Measures:

  • Face Coverings
    • All visitors, age two and older, are required to wear approved masks or face coverings properly while inside library buildings and at outdoor library events.
    • This measure is in place for both vaccinated and unvaccinated members until Pennsylvania’s mask mandate is fully lifted.
    • Anyone who is unable to wear a mask should contact their library to discuss alternative service options.
  • Hand Sanitizer
    • Hand sanitizer will remain available for member use at libraries.

YCL Online

As always, York County Libraries provides access to online resources, materials, programs, and library card account management. Explore our website or call your library for details.

Starting June 1: New Library Hours

Library Hours are expanding at several library locations. The following hours go into effect on Tuesday, June 1:

Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock

32 Main Street, Glen Rock, PA 17327
717- 235-1127, [email protected],org

  • Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Collinsville Community Library

2632 Delta Road, Brogue, PA 17309
717-927-9014, [email protected]

  • Monday; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: Closed (June – Labor Day)
  • Sunday: Closed

Dillsburg Area Public Library

204 Mumper Lane, Dillsburg, PA 17019
717-432-5613, [email protected]

  • Monday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Closes 3:00 p.m. July – Labor Day)
  • Sunday Closed

Dover Area Community Library

3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover, PA 17315
717-292-6814, [email protected]

  • Monday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday Closed

Glatfelter Memorial Library

101 Glenview Road, Spring Grove, PA 17362
717-225-3220, [email protected]

  • Monday 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday Closed

Guthrie Memorial Library

2 Library Place, Hanover, PA 17331
717-632-5183, [email protected]

  • Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (June, July & August)
  • Sunday Closed

Kaltreider-Benfer Library

147 South Charles St, Red Lion, PA 17356
717-244-2032, [email protected]

  • Monday 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Kreutz Creek Library *Lobby Pickup Only

66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam, PA 17406
717-252-4080, [email protected]

  • Monday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Martin Library

159 East Market St., York, PA 17401
717-846-5300, [email protected]

  • Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday Closed

Mason-Dixon Public Library

250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown, PA 17363
717-993-2 404, [email protected]

  • Monday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Paul Smith Library of Southern York County

80 Constitution Avenue, Shrewsbury, PA 17361
717-235-4313, [email protected]

  • Monday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (June – Labor Day)
  • Sunday Closed

Red Land Community Library

70 Newberry Commons, Etters, PA 17319
717-938-5599, [email protected]

  • Monday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday Closed (Identigo 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Closed July – Labor Day)
  • Sunday Closed

Village Library *Browsing by Appointment Only

35-C North Main Street, Jacobus, PA 17407
717-428-1034, [email protected]

  • Monday 10:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday Closed (June – Labor Day)
  • Sunday Closed

Please Note: Hours and service offerings are subject to change in tandem with significant increases or decreases in York County COVID-19 cases. Check back on this page for the latest information!

Frequently Asked Questions

Health & Safety

I am vaccinated, why do I need to wear a mask at the library?

All visitors, age two and older, are required to wear approved masks or face coverings properly while inside library buildings and at outdoor library events. We have no way of knowing who is or is not vaccinated or who is or is not a family unit, so we will continue to mask for both member and staff safety.

But the CDC said that vaccinated people don't need to wear masks.

In certain instances that is correct. However, the CDC's latest guidance also indicated that local businesses can require that masks be worn. For everyone's safety, we ask that our members and staff continue to mask up inside libraries and at outdoor library events.

When will you stop requiring masks be worn in libraries and outdoor library events?

We will end the requirement to wear masks when Pennsylvania fully lifts the mask mandate.

Volunteers

When can I come back to the library to volunteer?

This will vary from library to library. Only a few libraries are currently using volunteers on a limited basis. This will change gradually after occupancy limits and other COVID mandates officially lift. We miss our volunteers! Library managers will contact former volunteers as opportunities arise.

I used to work the desk on Monday mornings, can’t I just show up and help?

The YCL volunteer program has a new structure. Library managers are in the process of reaching out to former volunteers to match skills and talents with library needs and schedule.