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Latest updates: 11/12/2020

  • Remote Computer Classes are now being delivered over the internet to library computers as well as home computers. (jump to section)
  • ReferenceUSA is now Reference Solutions (jump to section)

Using the library from home

The Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library building is open for public access with limited hours. As a health and safety precaution and a service to those who do not want to come into the building at this time, curbside pickup service will continue along with many online services and virtual programs. See below for more information about these services and programs.

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 reopen the library to public access and re-introduce services and introduce new safety procedures for staff and patrons alike.

Curbside Service

Curbside Service is available at the Main Library and at the Bookmobiles. Our branches also offer curbside service. Please contact each of them directly for further information.

  • 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. Please click HERE for the Online Library Card Application. Once submitted, a library card number will be emailed to you with further instructions and links to resources. The temporary library card number expires one month after the online library card application is approved. To receive your physical card issued for the full two-year period, please bring your ID with a current address to the Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library within a month from the date the barcode is issued to you. If you wish to pick up your card either from one of our branches or bookmobile, please call us at 610-278-5100 X 0

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.

  • Librarians’ YouTube channel: Montgomery County librarians have a YouTube channel where they post story times and other library programs for children. Join Miss Kerri and Miss Becky for story time.
  • Virtual Tours: For history, education, art, and music visit some of our recommended virtual tour sites.
  • Hatha Yoga: Exercise with our volunteer certified yoga instructor, Ash Aragam on YouTube.
  • Book Clubs: If you are interested in joining our online book club meetings contact Asha Verma at Averma@mclinc.org.

Computer Classes Over the Internet

(Note: We are currently experiencing technical difficulties which may delay the start of classes for new students. We are working to resolve these issues as soon as possible)

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!

Click the links below for more program information:

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 also click HERE and explore our electronic resources such as:

  • Ancestry.com – Research your heritage (now available from home through December 31st)
  • 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 by clicking here. Holds are filled in the order they are received. Curbside pickup service is also 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. You may also return library materials at the designated location at our Front Desk when the building is open. 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 Asha Verma, Head of Readers’ Services at Averma@mclinc.org.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

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

Welcome back to browsing at the library

MC-NPL’s Main library building is reopen to the public with a limited schedule. We ask that you complete your visit in 30 minutes unless you are using the Computer Lab. Curbside pick-up service will continue for those who prefer not to enter the building.

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 paper 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 11 AM – 3 PM
SAT 10 AM – 2 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

By Appointment:

Computer Lab: MON – FRI 11AM – 3PM, SAT 11AM – 2PM

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

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 10 AM – 2 PM

Please be aware that your experience of visiting the library will be very different from the past.  How will it be different? 1) Visits limited to 30 minutes, 2) Seating will be very limited, and 3) No in-person programming in the building.