COVID-19/Pandemic Reopening

York County COVID-19 Resources Understanding COVID-19

Libraries Reopen for Browsing

York County Libraries are reopening for in-library services following a temporary return to a Grab & Go pickup service model at eight locations. Starting Monday, February 7th, the libraries will be open for regular operating hours and offer browsing, computer access, and other in-library services. There is an exception at one location.

 

Services at Martin Library:

Due to construction, Martin Library in York will offer browsing of its children’s collection only and holds pickup in the Children’s Room. Members should enter the library using the Queen Street entrance into the Children’s Room, which is the only part of the library currently available. The other areas will reopen following completion of construction which is anticipated to be finished sometime this spring.

 

Key things to know…

Browsing:

  • All YCL locations will be open for browsing starting Monday, February 7th.
  • Please note that due to construction, Martin Library’s Children’s Room is the only area of the library that will be open for browsing until construction is completed in spring 2022.

Computers

  • All YCL locations except Martin Library will offer computer services starting Monday, February 7th.
  • Important Note: Due to construction, Martin Library is not currently offering computers or seating areas for Wi-Fi use.

Programs:

  • While in-library programs are temporarily suspended at most locations, staff are offering a variety of story times and other programs online. Check the YCL events calendar for details.
  • A variety of library programs can also be viewed on demand via YCL’s YouTube channel.

Mask Up:

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

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.

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 or return items to their library’s circulation desk.

Starting February 7, 2022

Services Available at All YCL Locations:

  • In-library pickup of 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 and at member service desks

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
  • Pickup of hotspots placed on hold – rental fee $30 for 3 weeks
  • 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

Amenities Available Starting Monday, February 7th

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

Yes*

*Martin – Children’s Room Only

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Grab & Go Item Pickup Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Seating Areas No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Restrooms

Yes*

*Except Martin

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Meeting Room Rentals No Yes Yes No No Yes
Public Computers

Yes*

*Except Martin

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Printing

Yes*

*Except Martin

Yes Yes Yes

Yes

Yes

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

Yes

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accepting Cash Payment of Fines

Yes

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

Are libraries open for browsing?

Starting Monday, February 7th, all YCL locations are open for browsing and in-library services. Please Note: Due to construction, Martin Library in York will offer browsing of its children’s collection only and holds pickup in the Children’s Room. Members should enter the library using the Queen Street entrance into the Children’s Room, which is the only part of the library currently available. The other areas will reopen following completion of construction which is anticipated to be finished sometime this spring.

Are public access computers available?

Yes, public access computers are available at all library locations except one. Martin Library is currently unable to offer this service due to ongoing construction.

Borrowing Materials & Holds

Can we borrow book bundles?

Yes, some library locations are offering themed book bundles. Check with your library about availability.

Do I need to wear a mask while visiting the library?

Yes, please do. Members, age two and older, should wear an appropriate fitting mask that covers the nose and mouth while visiting the library. This measure helps protect you and our staff who are also helping hundreds of other members each day. Thank you for helping YCL provide a healthy and safe library environment for everyone.

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 staff to find the best option for you.

Where can I return my books?

Please return them to the library’s book drop or to the circulation desk.

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.