Library FAQs During COVID-19 Re-Opening
Q: Can I visit the library?
A: You may visit the library during open hours. Please check our About Us page to see the current hours. All visitors ages 2 and up are required to wear a mask. We also ask that you use hand sanitizer before entering. If you do not carry your own, sanitizer is provided in the lobby.
Q: Can I return materials?
A: You may return materials to the bins in the library lobby during open hours or to the outside book drop when the library is closed. Please note that all items will be quarantined for 72 hours before check-in to ensure the safety of our staff and the next person to borrow the materials. For this reason, the items may not be reflected as checked in on your online account for several days. No fines will be assessed for this quarantine period.
Q: What can I do at the library?
You may browse the collection, check out materials, request materials or ask reference questions, pick up items you have placed on hold, or use the copier/scanner. In addition, all meeting rooms and seating areas are unavailable. At this time, there is no space in the library for meetings, programs, tutoring, hanging out, or playing.
Q: Can I use the public computers?
You may use the computer for one 45-minute session per day. Please call the library at 215-836-5300 to make an appointment.
Q: Can I request items or put items on hold?
A: You may use your online account to place requests or call us at the library for assistance. When your items are ready to be picked up, you will be notified. You are welcome to come in during open hours to check out your items. If you prefer a no-contact pickup option, please call the library when your items are ready and we will schedule a time.
Q: Can you accept book donations?
A: We cannot accept any book donations at this time. Our priority at this time is managing our own materials and preparing to resume services. Please do not leave donated items in the book drop; we need the space for our own items. Also, please do not leave donations outside the library doors.
Q: Can I apply for a library card?
A: You may apply for a library card by visiting us during open hours. Both Overdrive and the POWER Library are offering e-cards at this time. If you want to use Overdrive to download e-books, audiobooks, and more, click here. If you want to use the POWER Library resources, click here.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
View the township's information page for:
- Township Updates about COVID-19
- Information on service providers, business assistance, school resources, and employee assistance
- Links to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), PA Department of Health, and the Montgomery County Coronavirus Data Hub
Library Digital and Online Resources
Many of our digital and online resources, like e-books, audiobooks, research databases, and more, require a library card number to gain access from home. If you do not have a library card, you are welcome to visit us during open hours to get one or if you prefer, see the details below about getting an e-card for specific services.
Both Overdrive and the POWER Library are offering e-cards at this time. If you want to use Overdrive to download e-books, audiobooks, and more, click here. If you do not have a card and want to use the POWER Library resources, click here. Both of these resources are offering e-cards at this time.
Download E-Books, Audiobooks, and More
Use Overdrive, Libby, or Freading to download e-books and audiobooks to your devices. There are selections for adults, teens, and children. Use RB Digital to read popular magazines on your devices. Use Hoopla to download or stream books, music, movies, and television.
Access Research, Career, Language, and News Resources
Discover all the e-resources that we have to offer. In the POWER Library, get access to thousands of full-text periodical articles, newspapers, photographs, pictures, charts, maps, and more to help with your research needs. Learn a new language with Mango Languages. Trace your family history with Ancestry. Explore the news with the Philadelphia Inquirer and News Bank. Prepare for school and career options with Learning Express Library.
Research Resources for Students
Students can use POWER Kids or POWER Teens to access the library's collection of age-appropriate resources, including full-text articles, photographs, and more.
Read Children's Books Online
Use Tumblebooks and Bookflix to read animated versions of popular storybooks online!
Online Resources for Families
View our resources prepared especially for families during this time. Find activities to support learning and reading for pleasure, including videos made by our staff.
Online Resources for Teens
View our resources prepared especially for teens during this time. Find activities to support learning and reading for pleasure, including videos made by our staff.
Online Resources for Adults
View our resources prepared especially for adults during this time of social distancing.