COVID-19/Pandemic Reopening

York County COVID-19 Resources Understanding COVID-19

Temporary Service Change

Several York County Libraries will shift to offering Grab & Go and online services only starting Thursday, January 6, 2022. Some locations will continue to offer in-library services. The temporary service change is in response to the significant increase of COVID-19 cases locally and nationwide. Throughout the pandemic, YCL has adjusted services as needed with the health and safety of members and staff in mind.

Key things to know…

Place a Hold:

  • YCL members can place holds online or by phoning the library.
  • The library emails members when items are ready for pick up.
  • Depending on the library location, the Grab & Go service can be in the library’s lobby, on the porch, or curbside.

Go Online:

  • Extensive online services are available.
  • Cardholders have access to over 80,000 digital books, audiobooks, music, comics and movies for free.
  • Many in-library programs are temporarily suspended, but members can find digital story times and more on YCL’s YouTube channel. Check the calendar for upcoming programs on Zoom, YouTube, or Discord.

Drop Off:

  • Members can continue using library book drops to return borrowed materials.

Mask Up:

  • Visitors, age two and older, should wear masks or appropriate face coverings when picking up materials.
  • Anyone who is unable to wear a mask, should contact their library to discuss alternative service options.

Starting January 6, 2022

Services Available at All YCL Locations:

  • Pickup of library materials placed on hold
  • 3-week loan period for books and audiobooks
  • Interlibrary loan from other library systems
  • New materials arriving regularly
  • Book return to book drops

Health & Safety Measures:

  • Masks/face coverings should be worn *must fit & cover mouth & nose
  • Hand sanitizer supplied for member use at libraries
  • Social distancing measures and occupancy limits in pickup area
  • Plastic barriers and frequent cleaning of high-touch areas

Availability varies by location:

Items & Services

  • Book Bundles
  • Grab & Go Kits – crafts for kids and teens
  • Book recommendation service by phone
  • Pickup of hotspots placed on hold – rental fee $30 for 3 weeks
  • Pickup of DVDs – rental fee $2 for 1 week
  • Magazines are available for check out
  • At-library payments and donations
  • Township Office delivery service available for Manchester and Springettsbury Township residents

*Mobile Hotspots will be available for Hold starting January 10.

Amenities

Amenities Available by Location:
  • Arthur Hufnagel (Glen Rock)
  • Collinsville
  • Dover
  • Glatfelter (Spring Grove)
  • Kreutz Creek (Hellam)
  • Martin (York City)
  • Red Land (Etters) Village (Jacobus)
Dillsburg Area Public Library Guthrie Memorial Library (Hanover)

Kaltreider-Benfer Library (Red Lion)

Mason-Dixon Area Public Library (Stewartstown)

Paul Smith Library of Southern York County (Shrewsbury)
Library Browsing No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Grab & Go Item Pickup Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Seating Areas No Yes Yes Yes No No
Restrooms No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Meeting Room Rentals No Yes Yes No No No
Public Computers No Yes Yes Yes No No
Printing No Yes Yes Yes

YesItems must be emailed to library in advance

YesVisitors are allotted five minutes on computer to print items

Outdoor Wi-Fi Access Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
In-Person Programs No Yes YesLimited No No No
Service by Phone

Yes

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accepting Cash Payment of Fines

Yes*

*Martin Library is not accepting cash payment

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Toys No No No No No No

Available Online

New Materials

New items are arriving regularly. Find out what’s coming through the Wowbrary newsletter and place your holds in the YCL Catalog.

Library Hours

Hours and service offerings are subject to change in tandem with significant increases or decreases in York County COVID-19 cases. For your library’s current hours, please visit their webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you moving to Grab & Go at some library locations?

We made the temporary service change in response to the significant increase of COVID-19 cases locally and nationwide. Throughout the pandemic, our libraries have taken extra measures to provide members and staff with a safe and healthy library environment.

Can I browse the shelves?

Some locations will continue to be open for browsing.

Are public access computers available?

During this temporary service change, public access computers are available at several locations. See above for details.

Borrowing Materials & Holds

Can we borrow book bundles?

Some library locations are offering themed book bundles. Check with your library about availability.

How does Grab & Go pickup work?

Grab & Go pickup is available at all York County Libraries. Here is how it works:

  1. 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 up the items.
  2. The library will email you when your items are ready for pickup.
  3. Follow your library’s instructions for lobby, curbside, or porch pickup.
  4. You can have up to 10 holds at a time on your library card.

Do I need to wear a mask for Grab & Go services?

Yes, please do. Members, age two and older, must wear an appropriate fitting mask that covers the nose and mouth during pickup.

What if I cannot wear a mask?

Our staff can provide you with alternative curbside or online services to meet your needs. Talk with your library’s director or circulation desk staff to find the best option for you.

Where can I return my books?

Please return them to the library’s book drop.

Library Programs

Will you be holding library programs?

Most libraries are not currently holding any in-library programs. Check the YCL events calendar for details. We do offer many programs, book discussions and more on demand on YCL’s YouTube channel.

Do you have regular story times?

Children can watch story times on demand on YCL’s YouTube channel and participate in the upcoming digital story times. Check the YCL YCL events page for details.