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About the Library: COVID-19

Yes, we're open! Regular hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Friday

Effective August 17, 2020, the William M. Brish Library is open to serve you!

In order to protect the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, please be aware of the following modifications to library services.

COVID-19 Precautions

Face Coverings

In compliance with the orders of Maryland governor Larry Hogan and college president James Klauber, library users must wear face coverings over the nose and mouth at all times while in the library. Users who are unable to wear a face covering may access many resources via the library website or request curbside service for physical materials they need.

GoEVO Current Screening Status: Able to Report to CampusSymptom Checks

Anyone using facilities on the HCC campus must complete a daily symptom check and screening using the GoEVO PPA app or kiosks on campus. This includes students, faculty, staff, and visitors. If you do not have the app, a kiosk is conveniently located at the main entrance of the Learning Resource Center in the first floor lobby. Please be prepared to show your daily status to library staff immediately each time you enter the library.

Social Distancing

Hawk Seating - Keep Your DistanceUsers are requested to maintain 6 feet of space from others in the library. Reminder signs have been installed on the floor at the information desk, and Hawk Seating signs indicate where users should sit at available tables in order to maintain the appropriate distance from others. Each table also indicates how many people may safely use it.

In addition, some computer workstations and study areas have been marked CLOSED. Please respect these signs and choose a different workspace.


All workspaces are thoroughly disinfected by the custodial department each evening. For maximum protection, we encourage users to always WIPE IN, WIPE OUT at their workstation. Cleaning supplies are available at the information desk.

Computer Use

In order to support social distancing, five of our ten computer workstations are currently closed. Additional laptops are available for in-library use and may be checked out at the library desk. 

Zoom and Microsoft Teams have been installed on all library computers to accommodate remote class participation. Users participating in remote class sessions or using other applications with audio MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN HEADPHONES. The library will not be checking out headphones for the time being.

Printer/Copier/FAX Use

Print Hands FreeUsers will continue to print, copy, and FAX using the PaperCut system. Hands-free print release is available by using the edge of a student ID card. Please observe social distancing while waiting for the printer.

Study Rooms

To accommodate social distancing guidelines, group study rooms are limited to 2 users at a time, and single study rooms are limited to 1 user. Study rooms will remain unoccupied with the door open for at least one hour between users to allow ventilation. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing inside the study rooms. Users are encouraged to WIPE IN, WIPE OUT of all study rooms. Reserve a study room now.

In the Quiet Study area, every other carrel is closed. Please select a carrel marked OPEN to allow for social distancing. Users are encouraged to WIPE IN, WIPE OUT of their carrel workspace.

Material Quarantines

Recent research indicates that coronavirus may persist on paper-based library materials up to 3 (or possibly even 4) days. For your health and safety, physical materials including books, magazines, and newspapers will be quarantined for at least 72 hours between users. Plastic-based materials will be sanitized prior to being placed back on the shelf.

To avoid damaging library materials, please do NOT attempt to sanitize them on your own or at home. 

Newspapers and magazines will be kept in the office area to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. If you wish to use one, please ask at the desk.

Please bring any books you remove from the shelves to the desk for quarantining, even if you decide not to check them out.

Reserve Materials

Unless instructors have made a special arrangement with the library, short-term checkouts for reserve materials will not be available.

Reference Services

Remote reference services are available from inside and outside the library via our 24/7 chat service. Users may also email library@hagerstowncc.edu or call 240-500-2237 during operating hours to connect with library staff. In-person research assistance is available in the library during regular operating hours. Both the librarian and user will be required to wear a face covering for in-person assistance.

About the Library

Operating Hours

Monday-Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Library Information Desk

Location: LRC-200
Phone: 240-500-2237

Website: hagerstowncc.edu/library

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Need more help with your assignment? Visit the Learning Support Center. For information on placement and course testing, contact the Academic Testing Center

Share Your Coronavirus Stories

Submit Your Stories Here

We are living in a uniquely historical time, and we want to hear how Covid-19 is impacting you. The Hagerstown Community College Archives is collecting stories, diary entries, or first hand experiences of how our community has been affected by this global pandemic. This is an entirely voluntary and self-expressive response, so don't worry about grammar or spelling. We are more interested in hearing your voice and your stories. We are accepting digital as well as print responses, anything you would like to contribute to help document these difficult times.