EXPRESS VISITS

The Lancaster City and Mountville Branches are open for express visits!

Offering limited, in-person library services is the next step in our tiered “return to service” plan.

📌 You may enter the building to pick out your own books, DVDs, and CDs, as well as use the public computers and print or make copies. Passport services will resume BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at the Lancaster City Branch. 

🕰 Lancaster City Branch Hours

  • MON-THURS ‪| 10AM-6PM
  • FRI-SAT ‪| 9AM-1PM

🕰 Mountville Branch Hours

  • MON, TUES, FRI | ‪10AM-3PM
  • WED & THURS ‪| 12-6PM

🚪 Patrons may enter the Lancaster City Branch via the Duke Street entrance or the back door >> accessible via Cherry Street.

🚪 Patrons must enter the Mountville Branch via the ramp door. The lobby entrance is closed.

↔️ At the Lancaster City Branch, the number of visitors in the building at one time will be limited to 30.

↔️ At the Mountville Branch, the number of visitors in the building at one time will be limited to 25.

😷 For everyone’s safety, face masks must be worn while inside library.

⏱ Patrons are asked to keep their browsing time brief (aim for 15-30 minutes), and we have set similar guidelines for public computer sessions.

💻 There are five public computers available at the Lancaster City Branch – four on the 1st floor and one on the 2nd floor (for children’s use). If all five computers are in use, patrons may make a reservation.

💻 Reservations are required for public computer sessions at the Mountville Branch. Visit the circulation desk to make a reservation.

🛑 Public restrooms are closed and drinking fountains are unavailable at this time.

🚫🪑 All chairs and tables have been removed to discourage patrons from congregating & hanging out.

💳💵 When possible, all fees should be paid by credit card. Cash will be accepted; exact change is appreciated.

🚫🔌 Patrons may not charge their personal devices within the library.

🖐📚 For quarantine purposes, please use the outside book drops for all returns.

🤒 Please postpone your visit if you are feeling unwell.

⚠️ Likewise, we ask that you put off your visit if you have recently traveled to any states on the PA travel quarantine list.

🚗📚 A pared down version of curbside pickup will continue for patrons who do not wish to enter the building. Please call ahead to pre-checkout your hold items.

🛍📚 In addition, we will fill Grab Bags with books based on your input and interests.

🗣 We will continue to provide updates here and on social media. Because conditions are constantly changing, please double check that we’re open before traveling to the library.

💙 Thank you for your patience and cooperation.