The Talbot County Free Library welcomes you back to the Easton Library
beginning Monday, April 5, 2021 and to the St. Michael's Library
starting Monday, April 12. To assure everyone's safety, we are
offering limited services and hours to reduce contact and close
interactions and to help contain 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 are 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 any public
facility is your own. High touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently.
What hours is the library open?
Talbot County Free Library locations currently have reduced hours to
allow extra time for disinfection and cleaning of spaces throughout
the day. Hours for both libraries are:
Monday and Thursday: 10 a.m. - Noon*, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9 a.m. - Noon*, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Library is closed mid-day for cleaning.
At this time, the Talbot County Free Library is closed on Saturday.
Computer use is available on a self-serve basis. Staff may be able
to answer some questions at the Information Desk, but will be unable
to accompany patrons to the computer area to provide more in-depth
help, due to the need for physical distancing.
Computer sessions will be limited to a maximum of two hours a day, to
allow others to use the library. Please take care of printing before
your session ends. Sessions may be shorter in length near mid-day or
end-of-day closing time.
- Computer areas will be cleaned frequently.
- Keyboard covers will be used for patron safety.
Library staff are available by phone during regular library
hours. Call to ask a question, reserve books, and more.
Will Books-To-Go service continue?
Books-To-Go will be discontinued at the Easton Library as of Friday,
April 2, and at the St. Michaels branch as of Friday, April 9, prior
to their reopening. After those dates, patrons may pick up holds at
the circulation desk of each branch.
Have any changes been made to check out procedures?
Patrons are encouraged to use the self-check station at each branch
to check out materials.
Check out of materials is not available at the children's desk at
this time. Materials for check out should be taken to the circulation
What if I don't feel comfortable coming into the library to pick up
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.
Can I request materials from other libraries on the Eastern Shore or
through Interlibrary Loan?
Yes, Interlibrary Loans from other libraries on the Eastern Shore and
throughout the state of Maryland are available.
Are there any limitations on browsing while I am at the library?
Current magazines will be available for checkout. Back issues of
magazines are not available.
Newspapers are not available for browsing or checkout.
Board books, Launchpads, Science kits, and other book kits are not
available for browsing or check out.
The Maryland Room is closed. Maryland Room reference service is
available by email only at email@example.com
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 the Talbot County Free Library caring for returned materials?
The library is quarantining returned materials for 7 days before
check-in to minimize the handling of potentially contaminated
materials. Please allow at least 7 days for items to clear your
account after you have returned them. At that point, the check-in date
will be backdated so that you will not be charged late fees for the
time the items spent in quarantine.
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 each of our branches. 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?
Any in-person programming or events will depend on guidelines from
the State and Talbot County Health Department.
Please visit tcfl.org or our Facebook page to find out more about our
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?
Children's learning computers are not available-at this time.
Children's toys have been removed because they cannot easily be
The children's garden is closed.
What other changes have been made to the building?
Water fountains and hand dryers are not operational.
Some furniture, seating, and tables have been removed to allow for
physical distancing between patrons.
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
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.