The Library will be providing only curbside service at all branches starting Wednesday, November 18 at normal hours. More details can be found at

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Announcing Curbside Service!

The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County is happy to announce that due to loosened restrictions in Garrett County, we will be providing curbside service at all branches starting Monday, May 18, with the following hours:

Main Library:  Monday-Friday 11:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00

Accident Branch:  Monday-Friday 1:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00

Friendsville Branch:  Monday-Friday 1:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00

Grantsville Branch:  Monday-Friday 1:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00

Kitzmiller Branch:  Monday and Wednesday 4:00-6:00, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00-1:00

How does this work?

You can place holds on materials within the Ruth Enlow Library system at or by calling during our opening hours and we will contact you when they become available.  When you arrive at the pickup library, call the front desk for instructions.  At the Grantsville Library, the drive-thru window will be employed for this service – simply drive up to the side of the building during opening hours. 

At this time, only employees will be allowed in the buildings.

What if I have books to return?

The book return slots are being reopened and we appreciate your returning all materials here.  Due to health concerns, we will not be able to accept materials returned by hand.

What if I have materials that are late?

Late fees remain suspended until the buildings are reopened to the public.  Until that point, if you feel uncomfortable returning them, you are welcome to hold on to them. 

What if I have fines blocking my card?

We will not be accepting payment in person during this period, but you are welcome to mail checks made out to “The Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County” to our Main Library at 6 N Second St., Oakland, MD 21550.

Can I request materials from Washington or Allegany County? 

At this time, our delivery service will only cover Garrett County. 

What about interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan will unfortunately be unavailable for the immediate future.

When will you be opening the buildings to the public again?

When statewide restrictions have been loosened further, we will be reopening to the public with social distancing measures in place.  At this time, we do not have a date for this step, but we have been working to prepare our facilities to welcome you back. 

When will you be holding events again?

That will depend on the guidelines set by the State and the County’s Health Department.  At this point, sadly, we do not anticipate holding any Library programs at our facilities through the summer, but will work to develop new and fun things to do online. 

What if I have materials to donate? 

Unfortunately, we are unable to accept donations at this time. 

How do I know the books are safe?

All materials, once returned, will be quarantined for 72 hours to ensure that any potential for contamination is removed, following best practices recommended by the State Library Resource Center. 

Thank you for your patience, everyone – we hope to see you soon!