We have instituted changes to the way we are currently delivering library services.
The external book drops at the Lancaster City & Mountville Branches are open. For quarantine purposes, the indoor book drops are closed. Please use the outside book drops for all returns. If you or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms of illness, please wait until you’re feeling better to return your items. To guard against possible exposure, all returned materials will be quarantined for 48 hours before they are processed for circulation. Therefore, items may appear as “checked out” on your library account for more than two days after you return them. Please do not renew returned materials. When the materials are checked in they will reflect your actual return date.
GRAB+ GO SERVICE
Lancaster Public Library is open for in-person, “Grab + Go” access to library materials! Our goal is to provide the best possible experience we can without putting our patrons, staff, and the community at risk. As a result, in-person visits will look different than they did in pre-COVID times.
Are you looking for something new to read? With your input, our well read library staff will select an assortment of titles for you. Simply fill out the form, and we will handpick a Grab Bag of titles from our shelves especially for you. We will notify you via email when the bag is ready & waiting for you on the Hold Shelf.
Patrons can visit the online catalog and log into “My Account” to search for and place holds on items at other public libraries in Lancaster County. Items may take longer than usual to arrive and, in some cases, may not be available.
LIBRARY CARD EXPIRATION DATES
To renew your expired library card, visit your local library with identification/proof of address.
All returned materials are quarantined for 48 hours before they are processed for circulation. Therefore, items may appear as checked out on your library account for more than two days after you return them. Please do not renew returned materials. When the materials are checked in they will reflect your actual return date.
TEMPORARY LIBRARY CARDS
Lancaster County residents can apply for a temporary library card HERE. Use your temporary library card to borrow eBooks and to access our online resources. You can also place holds on physical library items with your temporary library card. To pickup your held items, you must visit or contact your local library to upgrade your temporary library card to a full access library card. Your temporary library card is valid for 3 months.
SUMMER READING CHALLENGE
We are busy getting ready for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Save the dates now (June 5 – August 14), then check back in late April for more information.