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For the health and safety of our community and staff, and as directed by the PA Department of Education Office of Commonwealth Libraries, the Abington Township Public Libraries are closed until further notice.

What is the most recent news from the library?

Updates are here: http://www.abingtonfreelibrary.org/coronavirus-information If you don't find  what you need on our information page or in these questions, email askabington@gmail.com.

I have materials currently checked out, what do I do?

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.

I have materials to return, what do I do?

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.  

Any item that is labelled "Return to a staff member at Abington's Circulation Desk" (e.g. Launchpads, Micro:bit kits or Hotspots) can be returned to a staff person anytime during the Library’s Curbside hours. (Curbside hours) You do NOT need an appointment to return.  Place the item in a bag on your backseat or in the trunk and a staff person will come out to retrieve it.

Optionally, all library items can  be returned as part of  a curbside appointment when picking up your requested material.

I have books to donate.

Thank you for offering. Unfortunately, we cannot accept donations during this time.

Can I renew an expired library card during the closure?

We are updating cards that expired this year. If you previously received an “expired card” error while trying to access your library account or e-resources, please try again. If you are still having trouble, please email your name and library card number to askabington@gmail.org


If you received a notice that your card is expiring, no need to call the Library. Your card will be automatically renewed until March 15. If you have any questions please email us: askabington@gmail.com


Can I place an item on hold? 

Place your hold and wait to be notified that your item(s) are ready for you. After receiving notification, then schedule a curbside pick-up time from this page:  http://www.abingtonfreelibrary.org/curbside-pick

Book Bundles - Do you need books for your children and don't know what to pick? Let the library create a set based on their favorite subjects.

I don’t have a card. Can I use the Library's online material?

Yes! If you want OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks  immediately, sign up for an Instant Digital Card that gives access to OverDrive only, using your cell phone number. This digital card will give you immediate access to those ebooks and audiobooks. 

To sign up, go to https://montcolibs.overdrive.com/ or the OverDrive app, and choose “Sign up for an instant digital card.” Or select “Sign in,” then follow the directions to get a free card instantly that will work for OverDrive but not  our other resources.

If you are an Abington Township or Rockledge Borough resident, then you can get a card at no charge.  Follow the steps outlined on our Get a Card page.

Can I get on Ancestry from home while the library is closed?

Yes! Use your library card. 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 March 2021 and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed.

To access Ancestry:

Select Search
Select E-Sources
Select Ancestry

The children are home ALL the time. Can you help?

Yes! See the Children's page, especially the links lower down for books, music, and activities.

Book Bundles - Do you need books for your children and don't know what to pick? Let the library create a set based on their favorite subjects.

My children have to look up something for school.

Try these:

Science Reference Center
World Book Early Learning
Gale E-Books
Contact askabington@gmail.com for more help. 
Your school library has some guides especially for class assignments. 

I have extra time right now.

Use our eLibrary for books, magazines, movies and music. 

You can also learn a language, look up auto repair, or read the newspaper through the library.

You can take a class in areas from bartending or bookkeeping to watercolor painting or Windows 10.

I have a research question. Can I reach a librarian?

Yes! Email askabington@gmail.com for help from the Abington librarians.

Ask me button worn by your favorite librariansGot Questions? Email AskAbington@gmail.com
Ask for brief, factual information. A librarian will answer approximately 48 hours after receiving the request. Monday-Friday between 9-5.


For general help finding online material in Power Library, use Chat With a Librarian to reach a librarian in Pennsylvania or another state.

I’m unemployed. What can I expect during COVID-19 and where can I get answers?

Click below to find your Unemployment Rights and Resources from Pennsylvania's Attorney General, Josh Shapiro:


Also: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Application


If you have a question not addressed here, email askabington@gmail.com 

Ask me button worn by your favorite librariansNeed help from a librarian?
Click here!

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. 


Thank you for your patience!