Eight York County Libraries have temporarily shifted to a Grab & Go book/media pickup and online service model as of Thursday, January 6, 2022. Five locations will continue to offer in-library services. The service change is in response to the significant increase of COVID-19 cases locally, in Pennsylvania, and nationwide. The eight Libraries that have temporarily shifted to a Grab & Go book/media pickup and online service are:
- Arthur Hufnagel (Glen Rock)
- Glatfelter (Spring Grove)
- Kreutz Creek (Hellam)
- Martin (York City)
- Red Land (Etters) Village (Jacobus)
The five locations that will continue to offer in-library services include Dillsburg Area Public Library, Guthrie Memorial Library (Hanover), Kaltreider-Benfer Library (Red Lion), Mason-Dixon Area Public Library (Stewartstown), and the Paul Smith Library of Southern York County (Shrewsbury).
More details and updates regarding the operational change and what is available at each location can be found here.
According to York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert, YCL has adjusted its delivery of library services throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so. “We are working hard to assure that all York Countians have access to the library services they need while we take additional measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of our library members, staff and community-at-large are at the center of our decisions,” says Lambert. “We will evaluate this latest service change at the end of January with an eye on COVID-19 transmission levels. At that time, we will discern if we should return to our in-library service model at all locations.”
During the service shift, YCL members are encouraged to use the Grab & Go book/media pickup service by placing holds on library materials online at yorklibraries.org or by phoning their local library. The library emails members when materials are ready for pickup. Several locations also offer themed book bundles and Grab & Go craft kits for various ages. Browsing and public access computers will be available at specific locations only.
Members can continue using library book drops to return borrowed materials. YCL cardholders have access to over 80,000 digital books, audiobooks, music, comics and movies for free. There are also digital story times, online programs, and 80 electronic databases available for free with a York County Libraries card. Community members without a card are invited to request one at no cost at yorklibraries.org.
York County Libraries include 13 libraries that provide the latest in print and electronic information, best sellers, story times, book discussions, programs and educational resources. For more information about library locations, operating hours, and current service offerings, go to open.yorklibraries.org.