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Montgomery County Public Libraries to Add Branch Service Hours in January

MCPL will offer additional hours of branch service to the community, effective Jan. 2, 2022. 

“Our libraries are critical gathering epicenters throughout our communities where many residents rely on, not just access to books, but to the internet as well,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. “I appreciate the work of our employees and I thank our residents and patrons of the library for their patience as we worked to ensure that our libraries are COVID safe and accessible for both visitors and employees.”

The hours of operation at all MCPL branches, except Maggie Nightingale (Poolesville) and Noyes Library for Young Children, will be: 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Friday and Saturday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

The hours and schedule for Maggie Nightingale (currently closed for refresh) and Noyes libraries will remain as they currently stand.

“One of my highest priorities is to work towards providing equity of service to our community members,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “By equalizing and restoring hours at all of our branches, we are taking a huge step in continuing this mission.  I thank everyone who was involved in this process, as well as our customers for their patience.” 

For more information on MCPL services, please visit https://montgomerycountymd.gov/library/.

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Montgomery County Public Libraries to Launch New Catalog Monday

On Monday, Oct. 4, Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will transition to Aspen Discovery, a brand-new library catalog providing customers with a new suite of features and a better online experience.

As part of this transition, from the evening of Friday, Oct. 1, until the morning of Monday, Oct. 4: 

  • The catalog search functionality will be limited or unavailable;
  • Online library card applications will be unavailable;
  • Online resources, including databases and e-books, will experience disruptions; and
  • Customers will be unable to place holds or renew items checked out to their accounts. 

Library branches will be open for in-person service on Saturday, Oct. 2, but service will be limited to the checking out of materials. Any items returned to library branches after Friday evening, will not be checked in until Monday. This means they will continue to show up on customer accounts, but they will be back dated when cleared.  

 “I thank our customers for their patience as we launch Aspen Discovery,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “We know they will be pleased with our new catalog once this transition is complete.”  

With Aspen Discovery, customers will be able to:

  • Access the public catalog via any mobile device
  • Search the E-book and print collection simultaneously 
  • Browse all formats (print, e-book, audio book etc.) of a title within one search result  
  • Receive suggestions for other related titles to check out while waiting for a hold to be filled 
  • Review current checkouts, renew materials, and place holds online for physical and electronic materials  
  • Manage their own privacy settings for reading and search history 
  • View and pay fees online
  • Save search alerts for arrival of new materials
  • Select and change notification preferences (text, email)
  • Add star ratings to titles 
  • Make purchase suggestions online 
  • Create, manage and share lists of favorite books 
  • Seamless integration of news, events and other communication 
  • And much more! 

All customers’ current account information (checkouts, holds, fines, address and phone, etc.) will be available on the new system. Individuals’ library barcodes and personal identification numbers will remain the same.  

While we transition to our new public library catalog:

  • You may checkout materials but returns will not be processed until Monday, October 4
  • Catalog search functionality will be limited or unavailable
  • Online library card applications will be unavailable
  • Online resources, including databases and e-books, will experience disruptions
  • You will be unable to place holds or renew items checked out to your account

For more about Aspen and our new catalog visit MCPL’s website.

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October is Energy Action Month


Montgomery Energy Connection is celebrating Energy Action Month in October, 2021, by focusing on energy efficiency. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, lighting consumes 10 percent of the total electricity used in homes. Energy Action Month is an opportunity to for residents to take proactive steps to lower their energy usage and their utility bills.

Swapping out your old incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs for LEDs @ MCPL is a great way to make your home more energy efficient. There is a limit of three bulbs per family at each event.

Energy Action Month – Lighten Up Events

Montgomery Energy Connection will be at these branches throughout October. Bring your bulbs and receive LEDs!

Aspen Hill, Friday-October 1, 11am-1pm
Chevy Chase, Saturday-October 9, 11am-1pm
Connie Morella, Tuesday-October 12, 1pm-3pm
Damascus, Wednesday-October 13, 11am-1pm
Davis, Thursday-October 14, 11am-1pm
Gaithersburg, Friday-October 15, 11am-1pm
Kensington Park, Saturday-October 16, 11am-1pm
Little Falls, Monday-October18th, 11am-1pm
Long Branch, Tuesday-October19th, 1pm-3pm
Marilyn Praisner, Wednesday-October20, 11am-1pm
Noyes Library for Young Children, Thursday-October 21, 11am-1pm
Olney, Friday-October 22, 11am-1pm
Potomac, Saturday-October 23, 11am-1pm
Quince Orchard, Monday-October 25, 11am-1pm
Rockville Memorial, Tuesday-October26, 1pm-3pm
Silver Spring, Wednesday-October 27, 11am-1pm
Twinbrook, Thursday-October 28, 1pm-3pm
Wheaton, Friday-October 29, 11am-1pm
White Oak, Saturday-October 30, 11am-1pm

Bring us your bulbs in October, and find out other ways to be more energy efficient in your homes. Balloons soar–your utility bills shouldn’t. For more information on lowering utility costs and keeping money in your pocket, visit www.MontgomeryEnergyConnection.org.

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MCPL Launches New Online Library Catalog Oct. 4

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will launch a brand-new online library catalog, Aspen Discovery, on Monday, Oct. 4.  Our online catalog is the tool our customers use to explore the collection and find materials they want and need.

“After careful consideration, we made the decision to explore a new catalog that would offer greater customization,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “One of the most important elements is that features can be modified as MCPL changes and grows.”

 The new catalog will allow:

  • Seamless integration of MCPL’s physical and digital collections to see all formats of titles
  • Creation of usernames and passwords by customers
  • Faster, more accurate searches
  • Creation of reading lists and reading histories by customers
  • Browsing of the collection from a mobile device
  • Customers to rate books

“We are excited to implement Aspen Discovery, which will greatly enhance our customers’ experience of using the library and make it even easier for them to discover the many great resources MCPL has to offer,” said James Donaldson, Assistant Director for Collection and Technology.

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Maggie Nightingale Library to Close Aug. 2 for Refresh Project

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is announcing that the Maggie Nightingale Library, 19633 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville, will close at 6 p.m. on Aug. 2 to undergo interior improvements under the County’s award-winning Library Refurbishment initiative.

The project will include replacement of carpeting/flooring, some new shelving, a new service desk, painting, replacement of doors and installation of the Open Plus automated system. Work will also be performed to bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The library will be closed for six to eight months.

“Physical construction for the refresh project at Maggie Nightingale will begin in September; we are closing ahead of the construction start date to complete the internal reorganization of collections and shelving,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “We look forward to resuming operations at the branch in spring of 2022, and hope customers will access services at nearby branches and our 24/7 website while the facility is undergoing the refresh process.”

Please check www.montgomerycountymd.gov/libraryfor information regarding the closing, including the last date for book returns in the branch book drop and the last date for placement of holds for the Maggie Nightingale Library location.

For additional information, contact Angelisa Hawes by telephone at 240-777-0022 or email at angelisa.hawes@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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Reopening Date for Wheaton Library Moved to June 14

The Wheaton Library will now reopen to the public on June 14. The service hours for the branch will be:

  • Monday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

Wheaton Library, along with the seven additional branches reopening on June 14 and the six branches reopened to the public on June 1, will follow newly adjusted opening procedures which include no appointments, no capacity limits, and no social distance requirements. 

Holds to Go service will be discontinued prior to the reopening of the branch, but customers can pick up any remaining holds on-site on or after June 14.

Visit our website for additional information.

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Noyes Library for Young Children to Reopen on July 6. Full Reopening Schedule Here!

Montgomery County Public Libraries’ (MCPL) Noyes Library for Young Children, 10237 Carroll Place, Kensington, will reopen to the public on July 6. The service hours are:

  • Monday – Closed
  • Tuesday – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday – Closed
  • Saturday – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“We are so pleased to be able to reopen our Noyes branch,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo. “This tiny library has an enormous impact on the County’s youngest residents, offering books, programs and a warm, inviting space specifically for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.”

On July 6, all MCPL branches will have reopened to the public with the exception of Germantown Library, which is currently closed for a refresh project.

Reopening schedule:

June 1

June 14

 July 6

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Montgomery County Public Libraries Set to Reopen Seven More Branches on June 14

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is announcing the reopening of seven additional branches to the public on June 14. The branches are:

Aspen Hill Library; 4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville
Damascus Library; 9701 Main Street, Damascus
Davis Library; 6400 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda
Little Falls Library; 5501 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda
Long Branch Library; 8800 Garland Ave., Silver Spring
Potomac Library; 10101 Glenolden Drive, Potomac
Quince Orchard Library; 15831 Quince Orchard Road, Gaithersburg

These seven branches join six branches that will reopen to the public on June 1:

Connie Morella Library, 7400 Arlington Road, Bethesda  
Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave.  
Marilyn J. Praisner Library, 14910 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville  
Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Road  
Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave. 
Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave.  

“All of us at Montgomery County Public Libraries are pleased to take this step towards safely resuming in-branch services to our community members,” said Montgomery County Public Library Director Anita Vassallo. “Although the digital resources, virtual programs and “Holds To Go” service provided by our dedicated staff were incredibly popular over the past year, we know how much the residents of the County value being able to visit their public libraries, and we are looking forward to welcoming people back to our buildings.” 

All branches will follow newly adjusted opening procedures which include no appointments, no capacity limits, and no social distance requirements. Holds to Go service will be discontinued prior to the reopening of the branches.

The remaining branches will reopen on July 6, with the exception of Germantown Library, which is closed for a refresh project, and Noyes Library for Young Children.

For additional information visit MCPL’s website: www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library.

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Spring It Back to MCPL!

It’s the time of year to take on spring-cleaning projects, both inside and outside of the home. MCPL wants to help everyone clean up with the launch of our Spring It Back! materials return campaign.

We officially stopped charging fines for overdue library materials in January of this year. We also wiped out outstanding overdue fines, because we want our customers to feel great about using their library. So start your spring cleaning and bring those books, CDs, DVDs and other library materials you have at home back to us, with no fuss or worry about having to pay for overdue items.

It doesn’t matter when materials were checked out – last year, two years ago or twenty years ago! We’ll be happy to see them again. Plus, you’ll have room to check out more new materials you love.

Please participate in our Spring It Back! Campaign. Your home will thank you and so will we!

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Montgomery County Public Libraries Implements Automatic Renewal

Effective Monday, March 22, Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will begin renewing customer materials automatically. Customers will no longer need to access their accounts online or call the library to renew their materials, with some exceptions. Materials not eligible for automatic renewal are:

Eligible materials will be automatically renewed a maximum of three times, with the exception of interlibrary loan materials borrowed through Marina, which can only be renewed twice.

“We are very pleased to be offering this exciting new customer service improvement to Montgomery County residents,” said MCPL Director Anita Vassallo.

All eligible customer materials will renew automatically three days prior to the respective due date.  The new due date will be calculated from the original due date so customers do not lose any of their borrowing period.

When materials are automatically renewed, customers will receive a notice via email. They will also receive a notice if items on their accounts are not eligible to renew so they will know to return them to the nearest library branch.