September 24, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(301) 699-3500, ext. 6241
Largo, Md. – Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) has provided customers with internet access, nationally recognized virtual programs, access to physical materials through Curbside Service, and essential resource distribution events. Beginning on Monday, September 27, the Library will expand its hours and services as part of ongoing reopening efforts. The Library will now open two nights a week, offer 1-5 pm Sunday hours at nine branch locations, and reopen public meeting room reservations. Passport services will also resume later this fall (date to be announced).
“The Library is grateful to staff and community partners for preparing for this expansion in hours and services, which is a direct response to the community’s requests now that school is in session,” said Roberta Phillips, Chief Executive Officer of PGCMLS. “Now that 80% of the eligible population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, we can safely resume more of the Library’s essential services.”
Health and Safety Guidelines
PGCMLS will continue to require facemasks and physical distancing at its facilities until further notice, regardless of vaccination status. These additional library safety measures will continue: plexiglass shields at service desks, hand sanitizer dispensers, and single use keyboard and mouse covers.
*Presently available at 14 locations
To get the most out of your library visit, download the PGCMLS mobile app (iOS or Android), which offers self-checkout to provide a contactless experience at branches. The Library’s transition to Full Operations reflects the strategic planning and preparation by PGCMLS staff and the Board of Library Trustees.
About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 915,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike.
PGCMLS’ robust online offerings include curated content collections for kids, teens, educators, Spanish speakers, and more. Virtual events and outreach provide access to the Library from the comfort of home or on the go. Special programs include the D.R.E.A.M. Lab, STEM Pals, and 3D printing, which offer teens and lifelong learners with opportunities to learn cutting-edge technology and STEM skills for job readiness or personal enrichment. The Library also provides drive-up WiFi access at all branches and mobile hotspot devices. The Library’s Laurel Branch Library received the 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Award and was designated the best new public building in Maryland.
As a strong community partner, the Library regularly collaborates with local government agencies and non-profit organizations to provide access to essential community services and programs. Partners include the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission, Employ Prince George’s, Prince George’s County Public Schools, and Prince George’s Community College. Learn more at pgcmls.info or by visiting the Largo-Kettering Branch at 9601 Capital Lane, Largo, MD 20774.