With six Montgomery County Public Library (MCPL) branches scheduled to reopen June 1, the libraries announced Thursday that the Holds to Go service at the six branches ends Saturday, May 22. The six branches reopening include Rockville, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Olney, Marilyn J. Praisner, and Connie Morella.
Montgomery County Public Libraries closed all branches to the public in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 6, 2020, the libraries started a new appointment-based contactless service to lend books during the pandemic. This service—Holds to Go—provides residents with the ability to place items on hold online and pick them up at their local library branch without entering the library.
Now with six branches scheduled to reopen on June 1, there will not be a need for the Holds to Go service at those branches.
The six libraries will be open by appointment only for browsing, picking up holds and using computers and printers. During this phase of reopening, collaboration rooms, study rooms, meeting rooms, and discovery rooms will not be available to reserve. The branches will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Beginning May 24, customers with available holds at Rockville, Gaithersburg, Olney, Marilyn J. Praisner, and Connie Morella libraries should call the branch upon arrival to request that their items be checked out and placed in the branch vestibule or on an outside table.
Silver Spring Library will not be providing Holds to Go service by appointment or phone request after Saturday, May 22. Customers may transfer their available holds to another branch still offering Holds to Go service or wait until Silver Spring reopens on June 1 to pick up their items.
Montgomery County Public Libraries will continue to provide the appointment-based Holds to Go service at all remaining branches closed to customers, except for Noyes and Germantown, until further notice.
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