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Our Doors Are Open – Here Are Our Current Hours

On July 13th we opened our doors for the public to visit our libraries. We are happy to see our patrons again but have a few things that you should know.

Remember the ABCs
A- Ask for assistance
B- Browse for books
C- Check out

  • You need to wear a mask inside our buildings – we have them on, too! If you forgot yours, we have one for you. If you can’t wear one, call us. We will bring your items outside for you.
  • We have hand sanitizer – yes, you can use it!
  • Our bathrooms are closed to the public for now – we are sorry for the inconvenience.
  • While you can browse the stacks, we are asking that you limit your time in the library.
  • Meeting rooms and seating are not available until further notice.
  • One or two computers per library are available for browsing for up to 30 minutes at this time. Printing is available from one computer and we still can copy, scan and fax.

Our libraries have lessened their hours at this time. If you do not feel comfortable coming into the building you can still call the library and arrange for outside pickup. Below are our adapted hours and phone numbers for each library.

Blue Ridge Summit Library: 717-794-2240Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday: CLOSED
2nd & 4th Saturday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Coyle Free Library: 717-263-1054Monday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thur CLOSED
Friday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Grove Family Library: 717-264-9663Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 11:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library: 717-597-7920Monday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday: CLOSED
St. Thomas Library: 717-369-4716Monday: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 9:00 am -12:00 pm
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED
1st & 3rd Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

New Cash Policies:

In an effort to reduce the cash we are handling at our libraries, we are changing some of our policies relating to money handling. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility.

  • New prices for black and white copies. $.25 for black and white copies, $.50 for color
  • Fine payments in increments of $10. We ask that you either allow your fines to accumulate to $10 before you pay them or that you pre-pay $10 toward your fines. We will credit your account so that you will not have to pay until your fines reach the $10 threshold again.
  • PayPal and Credit Card options. We are asking patrons to consider using non-cash payment methods. Utilize PrinterOn or PayPal for your printing and copy needs – we can help you if you have questions.
  • No rental fees for DVDs. There will still be overdue fines so please make sure you return your items when they are due.
  • If you do need to pay cash, please consider donating your change. The library appreciates your generosity and we rely on your support!

FCLS and AHML libraries’ commitment to diversity

The Franklin County Library System and Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library, as members of the American Library Association (ALA), affirm our commitment to embrace and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion as they pertain to accepting and respecting all patrons, staff, and community partners. Read our full diversity statement here.

We stand with the ALA and the Black Caucus of the ALA (BCALA) and support their recent public statement regarding racism in America and the ongoing mistreatment of people of color in our country.

“The ALA Executive Board stands in solidarity with BCALA, with library workers, with library users, and with members of the communities we serve and support who are susceptible to acts of prejudice, threats of violence, and even death based solely on their race or ethnicity. The pervasive racism present in our nation denies its residents equal rights and equal access and as such is a barrier to the goals of this association and to the wider profession.

Wherever it resides, racism leads to degradation. It weakens our institutions and destroys our communities and is one of the greatest obstacles to the American Library Association’s mission “to enhance learning and ensure access to information to all.” The Franklin County Library System and the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library are committed to promoting equality. We feel a responsibility to challenge inequality in our community and we take that role seriously. We stand with those who are treated unfairly, who are in pain, and who face discrimination. We encourage and provide a safe space for exploration and difficult discussions.

We have expanded our wifi

UPDATE: We were able to add additional Wi-Fi spots to the Grove Family & Lilian S. Besore Memorial Libraries. You can now connect to our Wi-Fi from our parking lots at those locations. Many thanks to the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center for donating the equipment and labor that made it possible for us to extend Wi-Fi further outside of these two buildings. Our Wi-Fi is available even when our buildings are closed.

Some exciting news! Thanks to a Slow the Spread Grant we received from WellSpan Health −Franklin & Cumberland County, we were able to increase the WiFi around four of the Franklin County Libraries! Wifi service was improved at Coyle Free Library (Chambersburg), Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library (Waynesboro), Blue Ridge Summit Library, and St Thomas Library. These photos illustrate the new, extended range of service for free WiFi. Our hope is that this will improve access online information and services. Thank you, WellSpan Health, for all that you do for our community.

THE LIBRARY IS CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST ??? – SO NOW WHAT?

UPDATE: All Franklin County Library System branches are closed, including book drops until further notice. Keep all your items borrowed until we reopen. The due dates will be extended and no fines will accrue during this time.

ANSWERS TO SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS

What if my items are due next week?

Please keep all of your library materials at home until we reopen. All of our due dates have been extended until June 4. If we have to extend our date of reopening, we will extend this due date as well. In an effort to keep our bookdrops from overflowing, please don’t return your items to any branch until we reopen.

What if I need WiFi? 

You can still access our WiFi from outside of our buildings. Please stay in your car or maintain a safe distance from others to use the WiFi. .

What about items I had on hold? 

All of your holds will continue. You can get them when we reopen.

I’m bored and I have read all of my books: now what? 

We offer lots of online databases and information through our website: fclspa.org. Please check out the “E-Library” and “Our Picks” links on our website to see what there is to offer. If you need help accessing anything, please call your local branch, email library@fclspa.org, or message us through Facebook (this will get you the fastest response). 

Check out our available downloadable ebooks and audiobooks through our website with Overdrive or through the Libby App on your enabled device. You can also learn a  new language with Mango Languages or discover one of the many resources for children and teens available through our website.

We have extended the amount of time you can have an ebook or audiobook as well as the number of items you can check out and have on hold. We hope that this helps you pass the time more easily..

What if I had an event or meeting scheduled at the library? 

If you had something planned at the library, we will be getting in touch with you to reschedule.

What if don’t have a library card but want access to all the things available on your website?

Fill out our online registration form.  A staff member will then email you back within 24 hours with a temporary library card number that you can then use to access all of our online resources.

What if I still have a question? 

Library staff will be available on a limited basis by phone and email. To reach us by email: library@fclspa.org. To contact us by phone, call 717-263-1054 and leave a message.  We will be checking email and voicemail on a daily basis and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Access to Genealogy Resources from home

A couple of great online genealogy resources are helping out during this time by giving free from home access.

Accessible without login:

Ancestry in partnership with National Archives is providing free temporary access to 500 million records.

Accessible with login:

Ancestry Library Edition – Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.

To gain access to these site, you have to first log onto your account through the webopac. It will require that you have a library card and know your PIN.

Click here to log onto the webopac through your account. Once you log onto your account, scroll down to find the links to these databases.

If you need a library card, you can sign up for a temporary card online. You will be emailed a library card number that will allow you to log onto your account using the link above.

Any other questions? Fill out the fields below to send an email and someone will respond as soon as possible.

Here are some local digitized resources to get you started.

Franklin County Atlas from 1868

Obituary List

Burning of Chambersburg

Chambersburg Newspapers on Microfilm

Various Historical Papers

Conococheague Settlement

Old Roads of Cumberland Valley

Old Vance Inn

Rebel Invasion

Rebel Invasion Map

Retracing of Famous Old Turnpike

Retracing of Famous Old Turnpike, 2nd ed.

Libraries will close March 16th to April 6

UPDATE: All Franklin County Library System branches are closed through at least Monday, April 6. Due dates of items due 4/1/2020 to 4/6/2020 are now extended to 4/7/2020.

STARTING ON MONDAY, 3/16, ALL BRANCHES ARE CLOSING FOR 2 WEEKS. THIS MODIFIES THE INFORMATION THAT WAS POSTED THIS MORNING.

As directed by Glenn Miller, Commissioner of Libraries for the State of Pennsylvania, all Franklin County Library System branches will be closed for two weeks starting on Monday, March 16. Libraries will reopen on March 30. Any change to that date will be indicated as soon as we have information. Since many of our drop boxes will be closed so they do not overflow, we have extended the due dates of all items due 3/16/2020 to 3/31/2020 to now 4/1/2020. Please use the contact form below if you have an item that was due before 3/16/2020 to get an extension, including your name and library card barcode number in the message. Please stay home and enjoy your items a little longer.

There is a lot of information regarding COVID-19 in the media. Please verify the sources of your information and obtain it through reputable channels like the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html), the WHO (https://www.who.int/emergen…/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019), PA Department of Health (https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx) or the Gale Virtual Reference Library available through our Website (http://www.fclspa.org/our-e-library/).

We will post any updates through this Facebook page and our website:  fclspa.org

We are doing our best to keep you, our staff, and all of our community safe and healthy. Please remember to wash your hands, keep a distance of 3 to 6 feet between you and anyone around you, and be aware of best health and hygiene practices with regard to COVID-19.