Category: Announcements

Our Doors Are Open – Current Guidelines

Starting December 21st, the following changes will happen:

Our libraries still have less hours at this time but may be available to bring out materials to your car during closed hours. Please call your library to make arrangements. 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: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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 – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 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: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
1st & 3rd Saturday: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Bookmobile/Bookbuggy: 717-264-9863We have adapted our mobile services to home delivery. Please contact the Bookmobile office to arrange for a delivery if you feel like you are not able to come to one of our branches.

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.
  • 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!

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.


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.


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: 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, 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: 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.


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 (, the WHO (…/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019), PA Department of Health ( or the Gale Virtual Reference Library available through our Website (

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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.