Drop In, Check Out

The Library is open for in-library usage sessions, by appointment, for patrons to browse the shelves, use computers and wifi, and print and copy. Crisfield has hours from Monday through Saturday, and Princess Anne is open Monday through Wednesday. Please visit this page for further information.

Books to Go pickup is still available. Please visit the reservation form or call the library to request materials and schedule a pickup slot.

Imagine your own story and explore our Virtual Summer Reading Program 2020! Sign up here or you can also use the Beanstack app! Download the Beanstack app (iOS, Google) and search for Somerset County Library ESRL.

Crisfield Library
100 Collins St.
410-968-0955
Closed today
Ewell Library
20910 Caleb Jones Rd.
410-425-2181
Closed today
Princess Anne Library
11767 Beechwood St.
410-651-0852
Closed today

Library Services

Library Update - Drop In, Check Out

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The Library is open for in-library usage sessions, by appointment, for patrons to browse the shelves, use computers and wifi, and print and copy. Crisfield has hours from Monday through Saturday, and Princess Anne is open Monday through Wednesday.

To allow staff time to check the facilities between patrons, Drop In, Check Out service will be scheduled in 45-minute increments starting every hour on the hour. See below for our daily hours.

We are using guidelines from the CDC, State of Maryland, and Somerset County Health Department to move through each phase of our Pandemic Recovery Plan. Even as we follow these guidelines, as a public space, we cannot guarantee a germ-free environment or germ-free physical materials. Visiting the library or other public spaces is your decision based on the needs of you and your family. For patrons not comfortable returning to the library, we will continue to offer Books to Go pickup in the lobbies, virtual programs, and online resources.

Depending on the number of cases in Somerset County, we may be forced to return to previous restrictions, and we apologize in advance should this become necessary.

To maintain a safe environment for patrons and staff:

  • All staff and patrons are required to wear face masks or face shields.
  • 6-foot social distancing is required and spots will be marked on the floor at the checkout desk to assist this.
  • The Library will have limited capacity with only a certain number of people allowed in the building at a time. Initially, we are limiting to 5 people per hour.
  • Hand sanitizer is available for staff and patrons to use as they enter and leave the building.
  • Materials may be checked out using the self-checkout stations only.
  • Computers and table surfaces will be disinfected after each use.
  • Materials may only be returned to the exterior bookdrops to enable proper quarantine.
  • If you have a fever or are not feeling well, please do not come to the library.

Library staff will continue to revisit guidelines as the State of Maryland progresses further into the Roadmap to Recovery.

At this time, the following services are not yet available:

  • One-on-one computer help.
  • Fax services.
  • Meeting room reservations.
  • Children's area toys and games.
  • Restrooms and water fountains.

Please call your local library to schedule an appointment and be sure to bring your library card with you. We are unable to look up library card numbers to checkout material.

Books to Go

Books to Go

The Crisfield and Princess Anne Libraries have expanded Books to Go pickup on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays until 6 p.m. Please visit the reservation form or call the library to request materials and schedule a pickup slot. Requests must be placed no later than 8 am on the day that you would like to pick up your materials.

You may also place holds on individual titles through the library catalog for Crisfield or Princess Anne,. Please call the Ewell Library during regular operating hours to request material. We are currently limited to items on the shelves in the libraries. After searching, please use the "Narrow Your Search" option on the left to limit results to your local branch. Interlibrary delivery is not operational at this time. If you're using the catalog, please also complete the Books to Go form or call to schedule a pickup time.

Please remember to wear masks and practice social distancing while in the lobbies.

Programs to Go

July Programs to Go kits are still available at http://somelibrary.org/programs.

Adult Programs
Teen Programs
Childrens Programs

Some June Programs to Go kits are still available at http://somelibrary.org/programs.

Adult Programs
Teen Programs
Childrens Programs

Prints to Go

Prints to Go

Need to print? Save time and let us do it for you. Just email your document (limit 10 pages) to Princess Anne at somerset.md.library+princessanne@gmail.com or Crisfield at somerset.md.library+crisfield@gmail.com and call the Library to schedule a time to pick it up at the front desk. Print requests must be received by 8 am on the pickup day.

Library Hours

Books to Go pickup reservations remain on an hourly basis.

  • Monday 11 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday 11 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday 11 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
  • Thursday 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
  • Friday 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
  • Saturday 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Drop In, Check Out reservations will be scheduled for 45-minute sessions, starting every hour on the hour.

  • Monday 11 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday 11 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday 11 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
  • Crisfield Only: Thursday 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
  • Crisfield Only: Friday 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
  • Crisfield Only: Saturday 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Imagine your own story and explore our Virtual Summer Reading Program 2020 beginning July 1! Join us online for events, activities & challenges for all ages. Registration and logging will be done exclusively thru the free award-winning mobile software Beanstack, with lots of opportunities to win prizes! Logging books, completing challenges and activities will be awarded with 'tickets' which can be entered into raffles for LOTS of prizes, all done virtually!

Sign up here or you can also use the Beanstack app! Download the Beanstack app (iOS, Google) and search for Somerset County Library ESRL. The program begins on July 1 but you can preregister now!

Also check our Facebook page for activity Bingo cards for children, teens, and adults!

Virtual Programs

Virtual Programs

Online Children's Programs

The following virtual programs are also available for children:

For those without home Internet or difficulties streaming video, the Enoch Pratt Free Library is keeping their 24 hour storyline, "A Story Anytime," updated at 410-396-8396.

Youtube

Check out our YouTube channel for tutorials for Programs to Go, Storytimes, and eResources help!

Online Library 24/7

Your library is available 24/7 at somelibrary.org with more than 60 online resources. While this access is always available with your library card, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the most popular online resources and apps that we have to offer.

Overdrive Ebooks

Download digital audiobooks and eBooks.


Hoopla

Stream and temporarily download movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers. Follow the Sign Up instructions to begin and then Sign In on subsequent visits.


Ancestry

Ancestry.com is normally limited to use in the library, but they've made it available from home through June 1. Over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases. A source for conducting genealogical and local history research . Included are digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 on, The American Geneaological Biographical Index, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, and more.


Mango Languages

Every self-paced language course introduces the learner to cultural insights and grammar specific to their language of choice, delivered through native speaker dialogue.

If you do not currently have a library card, you can a href="https://eshore.polarislibrary.com/polaris/logon.aspx?ctx=28.1033.0.0.1&Header=1" target="_blank">register through our catalog to receive access to these resources.

Looking Forward

The Library will continue to evaluate its response to COVID. Customers can stay up to date on any changes to library services through our website at somelibrary.org. You can also follow the Library on Facebook for the latest.