December 8, 2021

County Public Libraries to Expand Branch Service Hours in January

Montgomery County Public Libraries will expand hours at its branches effective Jan. 2.

Libraries branches were closed during the COVID-19 health crisis. When they reopened earlier this year, they operated on schedules with reduced hours compared to before the health crisis.

“Our libraries are critical gathering epicenters throughout our communities where many residents rely on, not just access to books, but to the internet as well,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “I appreciate the work of our employees and I thank our residents and patrons of the library for their patience as we worked to ensure that our libraries are COVID safe and accessible for both visitors and employees.”

The hours of operation at all MCPL branches, except the Maggie Nightingale Library in Poolesville and the Noyes Library for Young Children in Kensington, will be:
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The hours and schedule for Maggie Nightingale (currently closed for refresh) and Noyes libraries will remain as they currently stand.

“One of my highest priorities is to work towards providing equity of service to our community members,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “By equalizing and restoring hours at all of our branches, we are taking a huge step in continuing this mission. I thank everyone who was involved in this process, as well as our customers for their patience.”

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