From the Director
We are hard at work creating a phased reopening plan for Abington Township Public Library (ATPL) with a focus on safety for you and our Library staff. As we move into the Green Phase, we offer curbside pickup. Please check back on our website and social media outlets for updates and dates when services will start again. Thank you for your patience during this time.
What does moving to “green” mean for ATPL? Governor Tom Wolf has announced that Montgomery County will be moving to the Green Phase on Friday, June 26th. The Libraries did not return to business as usual on June 26. Rather, we will be implementing a phased re-opening consistent with the recommendations of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and a county-wide plan for re-opening. Check out these FAQs below to see what Green Phase means to ATPL. Staff will work at the Abington Free Library, 1030 Old York Road location. Roslyn Branch will not be staffed or open during this phase.
When will the Library receive returned materials?
ATPL is slowly and safely accepting returns. Materials can be returned to Abington Free Library until book drops are full. All items will be quarantined for 72 hours and will remain on your patron account during this time. Once the quarantine period is over, items on your account will be checked in. Items in quarantine will not be considered overdue and fines will not be charged during the quarantine period.
Will ATPL offer curbside pickup?
Yes, we do! Our staff has worked quickly and put the best practices in place to get a curbside service setup and to get held items to our patrons who have been waiting patiently for months. Only materials owned by Abington are available for loan from Abington. You can help us in this process by checking your online account and cancelling any holds you no longer want. Click here for a PDF with instructions or watch a video with instructions here.
Can I borrow materials from other MCLINC libraries?
Guests can contact the owning library to obtain information regarding the library's hours and services available. Once requests can be placed, the item may be requested for pickup at the owning library.
When are my items due?
Anything currently checked out is due on July 15th.
What about Summer Reading?
Sign up now for your summer reading programs. This year we are using online software called, Beanstack. Summer Reading 2020 Sign up for Pre-School, Elementary, Teen or Adult challenges, fun, and prizes
Can you accept book donations?
No, we cannot. With very limited staff in the Library at any given time, we need to focus on our own materials at the moment and resuming services. Please do not put donated materials in the book return or outside the building. No donations, please!
We look forward to seeing you curbside. Thank you for your patience and stay safe!
Nancy Hammeke Marshall
Abington and Roslyn Libraries buildings are closed.
Librarians are still available seven days a week.
See Events for our online programs.
Fines are waived until July 15. All materials are renewed until July 15.
All library events are cancelled through July.
Book drops are open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 3:30 pm. If you cannot make those times, please continue to enjoy your library items. Fines are waived until July 15. All materials are renewed until July 15. These are extended loan periods while the buildings are closed. We will add more hours soon.
We cannot accept donations of materials at this time.
WiFi is available in the parking lot between the hours of 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM. Connect to Abington Wireless Network and agree to the Terms of Service. Please follow social distancing protocol.
Information and Updates
A message from your Library Director,
Nancy Hammeke Marshall,
on what your libraries offer
while you're staying safe at home:
We are reaching out to you at your place. Virtual library services for all ages are available on our website. We created this short video to tell you about some of them. We can't wait to see you again!
So many library services are available to you from home.
While you're at home, please take advantage of our online library resources available through our website at http://www.abingtonfreelibrary.org/eresources. Abington Township Public Libraries offer a large variety of digital options including eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies and music, online learning and research. Click here to see a full list of online resources. Your online library is open 24/7! It never closes.
- Ancestry is available remotely until July 31.
To access Ancestry:Select SearchSelect E-SourcesSelect Ancestry
- Try OverDrive, hoopla (inlcudes new Bonus Borrows Collection) Kanopy (free additional content available), and RBDigital for streaming or digital download of books, videos, magazines, or comics.
- We are excited to announce access to more digital magazines through a free 90-day trial. Titles include Consumer Reports, Martha Stewart Living, People, Vanity Fair, and more. This new service is called Flipster. Access this service on a desktop by pointing an Internet browser to http://trial.ebscohost.com or download the Flipster-digital magazine app from the App or Google Play store. Ask a Librarian for logon credentials.
- The New York Times is available to you. Newsletters and the Learning Center offer additional content to support keeping you well, learning, and informed.
- Learn a new skill or hobby with Universal Class.
- Keep your test prep skills and job skills sharp with LearningExpress.
- Research a topic or access historic or current news through POWER Library. Obtain an ecard if you don't have a library card to access this resource.
- Have fun learning a new language; click here to access Mango.
- For kids, don't miss Tumblebooks.
- More online content is on the Kids' webpage: http://www.abingtonfreelibrary.org/kids
- Woodmere Art Museum: Downloadable activities for children ages 5-11
Need a library card?
Abington and Rockledge residents can get a Virtual Library Card during the closure. Click here to complete the form and we will contact you with your library card number.
Email us at email@example.com with questions.
Wondering about your unemployment rights and want to know where to find help?
Library staff continues to monitor local, state, and federal recommendations regarding the response to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Please visit https://data-montcopa.opendata.arcgis.com/pages/covid-19 for information specific to Montgomery County residents.
For more information on the coronavirus, please visit the recommended sites listed below:
- Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Montgomery County Office of Public Health: https://www.montcopa.org/513/Public-Health
- PA Department of Health: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
- National Library of Medicine: https://medlineplus.gov/coronavirusinfections.html
- World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
The library will continue to provide additional information as it becomes available.