TCFL @ Home




Home > Reopening FAQ

Talbot County Free Library Reopening FAQ

The Talbot County Free Library welcomes you back to the Easton Library starting Monday, August 17, 2020 and to the St. Michael's Library starting Monday, August 24. For everyone’s safety, we are offering limited services and hours to reduce contact and close interactions and to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The safety and health of our patrons and staff is our priority. Thank you for following guidelines and for your patience and flexibility as we move through this time together.


What measures is the library taking to keep patrons and staff safe?

The library is taking a number of precautions to limit personal contact and follow social distancing guidelines including:

While the library is taking safety and cleaning measures, we cannot guarantee the cleanliness of materials or equipment as public libraries are high touch facilities. The risk of entering a public facility is your own. We will clean high touch surfaces frequently; however the availability of cleaning supplies is limited.

What hours is the library open?

TCFL locations currently have reduced hours to allow extra time for disinfection and cleaning spaces each day. Hours for both libraries are:

Monday and Thursday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.*, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.*, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

*Library is closed mid-day for cleaning.

At this time, the TCFL is closed on Saturday.

Computer Use:

Library Materials:

Will Books-To-Go service continue?

Books-To-Go has been discontinued at the Easton Library and will be discontinued at the St. Michaels branch as of Friday, August 21, 2020 (as they will be opening for limited service on Monday, August 24). Patrons may pick up holds at the circulation desk of each branch.

Have any changes been made to check out procedures?

What if I don't feel comfortable coming into the library to pick up holds?

A family member or friend may pick up your holds by presenting your library card to check out your materials.

Will holds take longer to become available during this time?

As we are quarantining returned materials before checking items in, there will be delays in delivering holds materials to the next patron.

Are there any limitations on browsing while I am at the library?

What if I have materials to donate to the Library?

Unfortunately, the Talbot County Free Library is unable to accept material donations at this time.

How is TCFL caring for returned materials?

The library is quarantining returned materials for at least 7 days before check-in to ensure that any potential for contamination is removed, following best practices recommended by the State Library Resource Center. Please allow at least 7 days for items to clear your account after you have returned them.

How do I return materials to the library during this time?

Please return materials, such as books, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks, to the book drops outside our locations. Please return Wi-Fi hotpots and Chromebooks to the circulation desk inside. If there is a wait, Wi-Fi hotspots and Chromebooks may be returned to the staff greeter near the entrance. Other materials will not be accepted at the circulation desk.


When will you be holding in-person programs and events again?


Can I book a meeting room or use a study room?

Our meeting rooms and study rooms are closed until further notice.

What changes have been made to the children’s area?

What other changes have been made to the building?


What are the limits to other services?

Book sale items are not available at this time.

Copy machines are self-service only at the Easton library. Staff may only be able to provide limited assistance. All copying at the St. Michaels library will be done by staff. Please ask for assistance at the Circulation desk.

What happens next for the library?

We have developed a phased reopening plan that allows us to increase or decrease service as necessary based on pandemic trends. We will continue to follow CDC recommendations as well as state and county orders.

Depending on the number of cases in Talbot County or other circumstances related to the pandemic, we may be forced to return to previous restrictions such as offering our books-to-go service or to closing one or both branches once again for an extended period. We apologize in advance should this become necessary.

© Talbot County Free Library