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What’s New at the Library

 

 

Latest updates: 3/1/2021

  • Welcome back to browsing at the Main Library with limited hours for the public. Learn more
  • Poetry Discussion Group is the newest edition to the recurring virtual programs. Learn more
  • Home access to Ancestry Library Edition has been extended to June 30th. Learn more

Welcome back to browsing at the Main Library

MC-NPL’s Main Library building will reopen to the public with an limited schedule on Monday, February 22nd. We ask that you complete your visit in 30 minutes (or in 45 minutes if you have a Computer Lab appointment). Curbside pick-up service will continue for those who prefer not to enter the building. Here are our complete reopening policiesPLEASE NOTE: This schedule does not apply to our branches. Each Branch has its own hours and services. Please contact your Branch for more information. Telephone numbers for each Branch are below.

  • Extension Bookmobiles (610-278-5100 ext. 7)
  • Conshohocken Free library (610-825-1656)
  • Perkiomen Valley at Schwenksville (610-287-8360)
  • Royersford Free Public Library (610-948-7277)
  • Upper Perkiomen Valley Library (215-679-2020)

Masks Required

We ask everyone over the age of 2 to wear a mask while in the library. Library staff will be wearing masks as well. If you forget a mask, we can offer you a disposable mask. If you are unable to wear a mask, please consider taking advantage of our curbside pick-up service – we are committed to helping our patrons get access to library materials in the safest manner possible.

The Main Library will open to the public:

MON – FRI 10 AM – 3 PM
SAT 9 AM – 3 PM

You may:

  • pick up cards, items, and holds
  • use our curbside pick-up service
  • return items inside
  • use our catalog
  • use computers, via appointment
  • copy/print
  • ask us questions, of course!

But you may not:

  • gather or hang out
  • use the meeting rooms
  • make book donations

Currently closed:

  • Children’s Learning Center
  • Community Room
  • study carrels
  • public seating areas

Appointment only:

Computer Lab: MON – SAT 10 AM – 3 PM

  • remote staff help only
  • computers will be socially distanced
  • sessions limited to 45-minutes per day/user

Using the library from home

Beginning Monday, February 22nd the Main Library is open to the public with limited hours; but we will continue to offer telephone reference services, curbside pickup, and our online resources and virtual programs. Each Branch has its own hours and services. Please contact your Branch for more information. Telephone numbers for each Branch are below.

Please visit this page, and our Facebook page or our Twitter account for more updates in the coming weeks. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we take steps to ensure the safety of our staff and our patrons alike.

Library staff are available by phone for reference and curbside services:

MON, WED and FRI 9 AM – 5 PM
TUE and THU 9 AM – 7 PM
SAT 9 AM – 3 PM


Curbside Service is also available at the Bookmobiles and our branches. Please contact the branches directly for further information.

  • Extension Bookmobiles (610-278-5100 ext. 7) View the Bookmobile schedule
  • Conshohocken Free library (610-825-1656)
  • Perkiomen Valley at Schwenksville (610-287-8360)
  • Royersford Free Public Library (610-948-7277)
  • Upper Perkiomen Valley Library (215-679-2020)

Temporary Library Card Service

The library is pleased to offer a temporary library card so that you can access our online digital resources and services such as eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, remote computer classes, etc. Once submitted, a library card number will be emailed to you with further instructions and links to resources. Apply now.

During this application process, a search is done for the existence of a library card already in your name. If found, your existing card will be renewed, and you will be contacted by email to confirm this. Otherwise, once your application has been submitted, a new library card number will be emailed to you.

Programs, Entertainment and Education

All programs will remain virtual: there will be no in-building, in-person programs until further notice.

We hope you will continue enjoying our virtual programs.

We recommend you also consider enjoying the branches’ virtual programs.

Computer Classes Over the Internet
The Library offers free live one-on-one instruction of computer classes, conducted through remote connection software, between the teacher’s computer and your computer at home or at a computer in the Library. The Teacher will be able to see your screen and even control your mouse and keyboard!

Web Services and Resources

Take advantage of the services and resources accessible through our website: mc-npl.org. Enjoy eBooks and audiobooks with OverDrive/Libby. Entertain the kids with the story books, videos, games, and puzzles from Tumblebooks, Bookflix and Trueflix.

In addition, you can explore our electronic resources such as:

  • Ancestry.com – Research your heritage (now available from home through June 30, 2021)
  • Cypress Resume – Fine tune your resume.
  • RBDigital – Read full issues of magazines.
  • Reference Solutions (Formerly ReferenceUSA) – Find your business competitors, sales prospects, job listings, and much more.
  • Learning Express Library – Students and job seekers expand your skills.

Holds

You can place a hold by calling your library or by logging into your online account. Holds are filled in the order they are received. Curbside pickup service is available. Stay safe and get your library materials with grab and go service. For more information, call 610-278-5100 X 0.

Return Policy

Our book returns are available 24 hours a day. Returns will be quarantined for at least 72 hours before being checked in. We will waive any fines that might accrue during this quarantine period.

Book Donation

Due to the pandemic, the library is not accepting book donations at this time.

Contact

You may email inquiries or questions to Mary Motta, Assistant Head of Readers’ Services at mmotta@mclinc.org.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

The Staff and Board of Directors,
Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library