County Libraries Returning to Pre-Pandemic Hours Starting Sept. 12

Update (Sept. 3): In a release Thursday, Montgomery County said operating hours for public libraries will remain the same, retracting Tuesday’s announcement saying libraries would soon return to pre-pandemic hours.

The Aspen Hill Library.

Original (Aug. 31): County libraries will soon return to pre-pandemic hours of operation, according to a release from the county.

Effective Sunday, Sept. 12, Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) will implement new hours for all branches, minus the Noyes Library for Young Children in Kensington. The hours will be:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

See hours for the Noyes Library for Young Children in Kensington here. Face coverings are required at libraries, per the county’s COVID-19 indoor mask mandate.

The Maggie Nightingale Library in Poolesville and the Germantown Library remain closed for refresh projects, however the bookdrop is open at both locations. Residents who place holds with the Maggie Nightingale Library must choose a different library for pickup.

After 15 months of pandemic closures, six libraries reopened June 1, followed by eight additional buildings June 14. All remaining libraries reopened July 1, but not to full hours of operation.

Previous Posts:

Remaining County Libraries Reopen Tuesday 

8 Additional County Libraries Reopen Monday

Six County Libraries Reopen Tuesday, Seven More in Two Weeks

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


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