COVID-19/Pandemic Reopening

What to Expect

Starting Monday, August 31st, York County Libraries will offer expanded in-library services at most locations. Members will be able to browse children, teen, and adult library collections, use copy/fax services, make in-library payments, and rent DVDs and Hotspots. Service offerings will vary between locations, so check with your home library for details.

Come visit us and refresh your reading supply.  Browse the collections, discover some new reads and check out some titles to enjoy at home.  Rather than our traditional “sit and read” library setting, it will be a renewed “browse and go” experience.  This is all part of our current reopening phase and the extra measures we’re taking to provide you with a safe and healthy library environment.

Here is a quick look at what will and won’t be available at York County Libraries starting August 31st:

These services will be available:

Available at All YCL Locations (except Kreutz Creek & Salem Square*):

  • Browsing of library collection
  • Children’s areas reopen for browsing
  • 4-week loan period for books and audiobooks
  • DVD and Video Game rental available $2 for 1 week
  • Interlibrary loan from other library systems
  • New materials arriving regularly
  • Book return to book drops and designated carts/bins
  • Payment of fines and monetary donations in-library
  • Fees for overdue/missing items resume Monday, August 31
  • Masks/face coverings are required *must fit & cover mouth & nose
  • Hand sanitizer supplied for member use at libraries
  • Social distancing measures and occupancy limits
  • Plastic checkout barriers and frequent cleaning of high-touch areas

*Please note:  Kreutz Creek Library and Salem Square Library will not be open for browsing.

Availability varies by location:

  • Curbside or Lobby Pickup
  • Copier and fax service
  • Book Bundles
  • Restrooms
  • Outdoor programs/events
  • Book donations collected by some library friend groups; ask library for details
  • NEW 9/24!  Hotspot rental is now available at most locations – $20 for 4 weeks
  • Township Office delivery service available for Manchester and Springettsbury Township residents

Available Online:

  • Online Holds
  • Over 80,000 Digital eBooks, Audiobooks, Movies, Music, & Comics
  • Over 80 Digital Resources
  • K-12 learning resources for students, parents, and teachers
  • Digital Story Times, crafts, and programs for children

These services and materials will not be available:

  • Services at Salem Square *not open, services available at Martin Library
  • In-library services at Kreutz Creek *not open for browsing, lobby pickup available
  • In-library programs/events
  • Magazines
  • Computers, Wi-Fi, and printers *not available at most locations
  • Stem kits, board books and toys
  • Seating areas
  • Study rooms
  • Meeting room rentals

♦ Things to Keep in Mind

Your library experience will be different than it was before the pandemic.  We are following the guidelines of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, the Governor, the PA Health Department, and the CDC to provide a safe and healthy library environment for members and staff.  This requires numerous steps allowing time and space to practice proper cleaning and social distancing protocols for safety.

  • Masks are required to be worn inside library buildings.
  • Occupancy limits will be in effect.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for member use.

New Materials

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

Library Hours Beginning August 31st

Starting Monday, August 31st, York County Libraries members will be able to enter most library locations for expanded in-library services.  Masks are required for entry and occupancy limits are in effect.  Lobby and curbside pickup services will continue to be available at most locations. 

York County Libraries Hours & Service Highlights

Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock
Monday 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. *High Risk*, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. *High Risk*, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
32 Main Street, Glen Rock, PA 17327
717- 235-1127, [email protected],org
Service Highlights: Browsing, Lobby Pickup, Book Bundles 

Collinsville Community Library
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. *High Risk*, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed
2632 Delta Road, Brogue, PA 17309
717-927-9014, [email protected]
Service Highlights: Browsing, Lobby Pickup, Book Bundles 

Dillsburg Area Public Library
Monday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. *High Risk*, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
204 Mumper Lane, Dillsburg, PA 17019
717-432-5613, [email protected]
Service Highlights: Browsing

Dover Area Community Library
Monday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover, PA 17315
717-292-6814, [email protected]
Service Highlights: Browsing, Curbside Pickup, Book Bundles (while supplies last)

Glatfelter Memorial Library
Monday 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. *High Risk*, 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.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
101 Glenview Road, Spring Grove, PA 17362
717-225-3220, [email protected]
Service Highlights: Browsing, Lobby Pickup, Book Bundles

Guthrie Memorial Library
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 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.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 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]
Service Highlights: Browsing, Lobby Pickup, Book Bundles (while supplies last)

Kaltreider-Benfer Library
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 & Sunday Closed
147 South Charles St, Red Lion, PA 17356
717-244-2032, [email protected]

Kreutz Creek Library (LOBBY PICKUP ONLY)
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 & Sunday Closed
66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam, PA 17406
717-252-4080, [email protected]
Service Highlights: Lobby Pickup, Book Bundles
**Because of size limitations, Kreutz Creek will not be open for in-library services. 

Martin Library
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.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
159 East Market St., York, PA 17401
717-846-5300, [email protected]
Service Highlights: Browsing, Quick Pickup, Book Bundles 

Mason-Dixon Public Library
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 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]
Service Highlights: Browsing, Lobby Pickup, Book Bundles
**To aid social distancing, there will be staggered admittance and time limits

Paul Smith Library of Southern York County
Monday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. *High Risk*, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed
80 Constitution Avenue, Shrewsbury, PA 17361
717-235-4313, [email protected]
Service Highlights: Browsing, Porch Pickup

Red Land Community Library
Monday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday Closed
70 Newberry Commons, Etters, PA 17319
717-938-5599, [email protected]
Service Highlights: Browsing, Lobby Pickup, Book Bundles  

Village Library (BROWSING BY APPOINTMENT)
Monday 10:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m.
Tuesday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursday 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. *High Risk*, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed
35-C North Main Street, Jacobus, PA 17407
717-428-1034, [email protected]
Service Highlights: Browsing by Appointment, Curbside Pickup, Book Bundles by Request

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

Visiting the Library

When will York County Libraries offer more in-library services?

York County Libraries will expand in-library services at most locations starting Monday, August 31st. Members will be able to browse children, teen, and adult library collections, use copy/fax services, make in-library payments, and rent DVDs and Hotspots.

Will all services be available when you expand in-library offerings?

Not yet. We are gradually adding services. We are carefully following the directives and regulations of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, the Governor, the Pennsylvania Health Department and CDC. The health and safety of our staff and members is our top priority, so we are moving forward with care and precautionary measures.

When you add services, will library hours return to normal?

Most libraries are continuing to operate with reduced hours to allow time for thorough cleaning and disinfecting, quarantining of returned materials, processing of holds, and social distancing measures. Hours are subject to change, so the best place to find the current hours is open.yorklibraries.org.

Do I need to wear a mask in the library?

Yes, we are following state mandates. Members must wear an appropriate fitting mask that covers the nose and mouth the entire time while in the library. Appropriate face coverings include masks, bandanas, scarves, and face shields.

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.

Borrowing Materials & Holds

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 materials for a minimum of 72 hours after their return. If you would like additional assurance, you can quarantine them at home prior to your use.

Can I return my books to the circulation desk?

Not yet, as we are continuing to follow low-touch and quarantine protocols for everyone’s safety. Please return them to the library’s book drop or designated cart or bin.

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

We have changed the way we are quarantining materials. You might notice that returned items will stay on your record for 10 days. Any fines accrued during this quarantine period will be reversed.

I want to borrow DVDs, are they available?

Yes, with our increase in service offerings, DVDs are now available for checkout. Please note that after you return DVDs, they will stay on your record for ten days as part of the new way we are quarantining materials. Our staff adjust your account at check-in to reflect your actual return date. Any fees accrued during the quarantine period will be reversed.

Will I find new books by my favorite authors?

New titles by popular authors are arriving regularly. Find out what’s new or on order by signing up for the free Wowbrary newsletter or searching our catalog. Then, place your holds for some new reads!

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.

Are there fines for late returns?

Yes. Our amnesty period has ended. As of Monday, August 31st, late fees will start to accrue for materials that are overdue. Fines can be paid online or at the library circulation desk.

How does lobby and curbside service work?

      Lobby and Curbside pickup will continue to be available at most 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 notify you when your items are ready for pickup.
    3. Follow your library’s instructions for lobby or curbside pickup.
    4. ***You can have up to 10 holds at a time on your library card.

      Just a reminder... some books will come in earlier than others based on their availability so you may be picking them up at different times.

      Your holds notification will indicate which items you are picking up.

Library Programs & Book Bundles

Will you be holding library programs?

We are not holding any in-library programs. For everyone’s health and safety, we are providing a variety of library programs online. Check out the YCL events calendar for details.

Do you have regular story times?

Our youth services staff offers regular story time programs for babies, toddlers and preschool-age children online. New this fall is Sensory Story Time. Search the YCL events calendar for dates and times.

Can we still borrow book bundles?

Many library locations are offering book bundles that you can grab and go. Check with your library about availability.

Book Donations & Book Sales

Are you accepting book donations and holding book sales?

York County Libraries are not currently accepting book donations and holding regular book sales. However, a few Library Friends Groups are starting to collect books to hold small pop-up sales. Check your library for details.

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 large 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.