COVID-19/Pandemic Reopening

What to Expect

Here is a quick look at what will and won’t be available during our current reopening phase:

These services will be available:

At the Library:

  • NEW Limited Browsing at Guthrie Library and Martin Library ♦
  • Lobby or Curbside Pickup at library locations
  • Curbside Pickup at most library locations
  • Increased loan period of four weeks
  • Book Return in book drops or designated carts
  • NEW Children’s Book Bundles 

♦ Starting July 6: This allows members to browse within designated areas of the library during operating hours. There will be occupancy limits and masks are required.   

Online:

During reopening phase one, these services and materials will not be available:

  • Browsing (not available at most locations)
  • Public Computers
  • Printing, Copies & Fax
  • Bathrooms
  • Seating areas
  • Interlibrary loan from other library systems
  • DVDs, Hotspots, Stem Kits, Toys, Magazines
  • Onsite payments

Please note: Services at Salem Square Library, Manchester Township, and Springettsbury Township will not be offered at this time.

New Materials

New titles by popular authors are now being shipped to our libraries. They were kept by book vendors for safekeeping until our libraries were ready to reopen. Our tech services team will be working through the stacks (and stacks) of new items to prepare them for you to borrow.

New reads will be available soon! Find out what’s coming through the Wowbrary newsletter and place your holds in our YCL Catalog.

Library Hours for Limited Browsing Only and Curbside/Lobby Pickup Only

As of Monday July 6th, two locations, Guthrie Library and Martin Library, will allow members to come inside the library to browse during operating hours.  There will be occupancy limits and masks are required.   

Lobby or curbside pickup is available at all other York County Libraries. To use the lobby/pickup service, simply place a hold on the books you want to borrow at yorklibraries.org. The library will notify you when your order is ready for you to pick up and give you further instructions.

Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock (LOBBY PICKUP)
Monday & Wednesday 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
32 Main Street, Glen Rock, PA 17327
717- 235-1127, [email protected],org

Collinsville Community Library (LOBBY PICKUP)
Monday & Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed
2632 Delta Road, Brogue, PA 17309
717-927-9014, [email protected]

Dillsburg Area Public Library (LOBBY PICKUP)
Monday, Tuesday & Friday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursday & Sunday Closed
204 Mumper Lane, Dillsburg, PA 17019
717-432-5613, [email protected]

Dover Area Community Library (CURBSIDE PICKUP)
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Starting June 20th)
Sunday Closed
3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover, PA 17315
717-292-6814, [email protected]

Glatfelter Memorial Library  (LOBBY PICKUP)
Monday & Thursday 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
101 Glenview Road, Spring Grove, PA 17362
717-225-3220, [email protected]

Guthrie Memorial Library (LIMITED BROWSING ONLY & LOBBY PICKUP)
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., High Risk, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
2 Library Place, Hanover,PA 17331
717-632-5183, [email protected]

Kaltreider-Benfer Library (CURBSIDE PICKUP)
Monday & Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed
147 South Charles St, Red Lion, PA 17356
717-244-2032, [email protected]

Kreutz Creek Library (LOBBY PICKUP)
Monday & Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed
66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam, PA 17406
717-252-4080, [email protected]

Martin Library (LIMITED BROWSING ONLY & LOBBY PICKUP)
Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., High Risk, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
159 East Market St., York, PA 17401
717-846-5300, [email protected]

Mason-Dixon Public Library (LOBBY PICKUP)
Monday & Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed
250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown, PA 17363
717-993-2404, [email protected]

Paul Smith Library of Southern York County  (CURBSIDE PICKUP)
Monday & Wednesday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed
80 Constitution Avenue, Shrewsbury, PA 17361
717-235-4313, [email protected]

Red Land Community Library (LOBBY PICKUP)
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 1 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday Closed
70 Newberry Commons, Etters, PA 17319
717-938-5599, [email protected]

Village Library (CURBSIDE PICKUP)
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed
35-C North Main Street, Jacobus, PA 17407
717-428-1034, [email protected]

Hours are subject to change. Check back on this page for the latest information!

Frequently Asked Questions

Reopening FAQs

When will York County Libraries open?

Most York County Libraries’ locations will open for curbside service on Monday, June 15. Members place the books they want on hold and the library notifies them when the items are ready for pickup.

Will library hours be the same?

Not initially. We will open for shorter periods of time to allow for proper cleaning, quarantining of returned materials, processing of holds, and social distancing measures for both the staff and the public. Hours are subject to change, so the best place to find the current hours are right here at open.yorklibraries.org.

Will all library services be available when you reopen?

No. We will gradually add services in phases following the directives and regulations of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, the Governor, the Pennsylvania Health Department and CDC.

How does curbside service work?

Curbside pickup is available to all York County Libraries cardholders starting June 15.

  • On the YCL website, use your account to place a hold on the library books or audiobooks that you would like to borrow. Be sure to select the library location where you would like to pick the items up.
  • The library will notify you when your items are ready for pickup.
  • Follow your library’s instructions for curbside pickup.

Do I need to wear a mask for limited browsing and lobby or curbside pickup?

Yes. We are supplying library staff with masks to wear for your safety. We request that you wear a mask for their safety.

When will library service return to normal?

It is hard to say. We are working through and following the guidelines and directives presented in A Framework for Reopening Libraries. It is a very thorough roadmap for reintroducing library services that was developed by our governing agency, the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. The health and safety of our staff and members is our top priority, so we will be moving forward with care and precautionary measures.

Borrowing Materials & Holds

When can I return the library books I checked out before you closed in March?

Thank you for holding onto them while we were closed! You can return the items in library book drops beginning Monday, June 15. For your convenience, anything you checked out prior to our closing is checked out until July 1.

Is it safe to borrow library books?

The Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Northeast Document Conservation Center recommend quarantining returned books prior to loaning them to other members. We are quarantining books for 72 hours after their return. If you would like additional assurance, you can quarantine them at home prior to your use.

Why are the books I returned yesterday still showing on my account?

All returned library materials are quarantined for 72 hours before library staff check them in.

It says you have the book I want on the shelf, can I come right in to pick it up?

During this initial reopening phase with limited hours and reduced staffing levels, we are unable to accommodate same day requests. However, we are happy to get it for you. Please place a hold and we will notify you when it is ready for pick up.

I want to borrow DVDs. Why aren’t you loaning them right now?

DVDs are a high touch item and require a rental fee. As part of our current health and safety measures during phase one of reopening, our staff is not handling money and payments onsite.

What if I have fines, can I borrow items?

Yes, we have adjusted our system so that members with fines can borrow materials during these challenging times.

I placed holds before you closed, will I still get them?

Yes, your holds are in place for when the books become available. You will be notified when they are ready.

I have placed my holds for curbside pickup, how do I know when to come?

Your library will notify you when your items are ready for pickup using the notification method you selected.

Can you pull additional items for me when I come to pick up my holds?

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to do last minute additions to your order when you arrive at the library. Your holds will be packaged for you to grab and go. We are keeping everything low touch for the safety of all. However, be sure to place those books on hold in our online catalog, and we will contact you when they are ready. We’ll look forward to seeing you again!

What is the new loan period for books?

We have temporarily increased the loan period from three to four weeks to assure that you have ample time to enjoy your books.

How does limited browsing only work?

You will be able to enter the library and browse selected areas and collections of the library. Occupancy limits will be in place, so kindly limit your browsing time so that others may have a turn.

Book Donations & Book Sales

Are you accepting book donations?

We are not accepting book donations at our library locations during the early phases of reopening. We are focusing on getting our core services back up and running. We will certainly announce when we are ready for donations again in the future.

Will you be holding book sales?

We usually draw some big crowds to our book sales, so we will not be holding any in the immediate future. It is a shame, as many members love supporting their libraries by shopping the sales.

I usually donate books and shop the sales. How can I continue to support my library?

During this time, our Friends’ fundraisers at several libraries have been canceled or postponed. Please help make up for this disastrous drop in income. Our work continues and will be needed long after this crisis is behind us. A gift of any size can make a difference. Please consider helping today at donate.yorklibraries.org.

Library Programs & Book Bundles

Will you be holding library programs?

We are not holding any in-library programs initially. For everyone’s health and safety, we are providing a variety of library programs online, including book discussions and our popular SummerQuest program for kids.

View our events calendar to attend a virtual program.

When does SummerQuest begin?

SummerQuest officially starts on Saturday, May 30. This year’s program is totally online and packed with fun activities for children and teens.

When will you have story time again?

We are currently offering digital story times for children every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Baby/Toddler story times are held on Tuesdays (starting June 2). We will restart story time programs at the library when it is safe to do so.

I need new books for my kids, how can we get some since we cannot come in and browse?

Coming Soon: Call your library and ask about their special book bundles for kids. They can get some ready based on your children’s ages and interests.