The past few surreal months have been defined by dedication, the foundation upon which the Library staff has sought to serve our community. It drives Library leadership and staff to try to provide a bit of normalcy in far from normal times, to get way out of our comfort zone and deliver services virtually, to create an overwhelmingly successful curbside service, and to deal with a much diminished budget.
The Abington Township Public Libraries are working to reconnect with our patrons. Our goal, when we reopen the building, will be to reconnect you with our resources and services, while ensuring the health and safety of the public and the Library staff. Because we still don’t see a firm reopening date, the following might change on a dime (as it seems everything does these days), but I want to share our plans as they stand today. Thank you for your continued understanding: we cannot wait to see you in person!
In order to comply with Commonwealth and Township orders and guidelines, changes have been made to our operating policies and procedures that will be in effect when we reopen and they will stay in effect as long as needed. As a visiting guest, you will agree to the following new rules:
- You will not visit the Library if you are displaying symptoms of illness, such as cough, shortness of breath, fever, new loss of taste or smell, runny nose, diarrhea, or nausea.
- You will wear a face covering or mask over your nose and mouth. The only exception is children under two years of age. Every day, scientific evidence demonstrates the effectiveness of masks in the fight against the coronavirus. There will be no exceptions.
- You will employ social distancing, staying at least six feet apart, and heed directional markers placed throughout the building.
- Building capacity will be limited to 35 visitors, and you will stay no longer than one hour.
- The lower level, including the Children’s Department, will be closed to the public. New Children’s materials will be available on the first floor, and staff will be happy to arrange to retrieve any other materials you may want.
- No children age 16 and under will visit the library unless accompanied by a caregiver who is 21 years or older to provide direct, constant supervision.
- All meeting rooms, including the Community Rooms, the small study rooms, and the Shorday Silent Study Room will be closed to the public.
- The public bathrooms will be available to one person at a time, so please knock before entering.
The Library may require you to leave the premises if you do not comply with all the above rules, and may also restrict or curtail your borrowing privileges.
We plan to continue to offer some degree of curbside pickup even after we reopen the building. Because more than half of our staff has been laid off or furloughed, the number of hours we will be open is yet to be determined, but will certainly include one evening and one weekend day.
We all need to continue to be flexible and resilient. We all need to be grateful and patient. Let’s dedicate ourselves to working together, as our Library has always been a constant, wonderful part of our lives, and we all need a little stability right now.
When will the Library receive returned materials?
All items (with exception described below) can be placed in our book drop and AV drop. No appointment is required; drops are open until they are full. All items will be quarantined for a minimum of 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. Overdue fines or fees will not be charged to your account.
Does 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. Placing requests is temporarily limited to ten active requests for pickup at Abington at one time on your patron account. 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?
Fines or fees for overdues will not be charged for items that were due as of March 1, for the duration of our closure and for at least one week after we open.
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.
All in-house library events are cancelled until further notice. Click here to access the many online or virtual events we're offering.
Book drops are open until they're full.
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.
- Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Remote access will be available until the end of December 2020 and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed.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.
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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.