The Elkton Central Library will remain open but its parking lot is closed during a project to repair and improve the lot.
The parking lot and book drop will be closed through September 30 and the library's hours have been adjusted for that period. Elkton Central Library now closes two hours earlier than normal Monday through Thursday. The hours: Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Normal operating hours will resume in October. All other CCPL branches are maintaining their regularly scheduled operating hours.
There will be no parking at the Elkton Central Library in August and September. Patrons who are able to walk to the library or use Cecil Transit can visit the library during the revised hours. Cecil Transit makes stops at both the library and the YMCA.
The library's book drop has been relocated to the YMCA, 25 YMCA Blvd., Elkton (off of Route 279). During this project, the Bookmobile will be located at the YMCA Monday-Wednesday 3-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All holds placed for Elkton pick-up will be available at the Bookmobile.
If you are unable to walk to the library, items checked out at Elkton will be due at the completion of the project in early October. In addition, a CCPL card is valid at all branches and patrons may check out and return materials to any CCPL branch.
The library's digital services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.cecil.ebranch.info
This month, a solar canopy and electric charging station will be installed. The solar canopy is designed to reduce energy consumption and provide shaded parking for patrons. A steel structure will support the solar panels with the electricity generated fed into the library. If more electricity is produced than the building needs, the extra electricity is sent back into the electrical grid to be used by others. "On days when the solar panels produce more power than the library needs, the library will get a credit for excess power delivered into the grid, reducing the library's power bill further," library spokesperson Frazier Walker said.
There will be two electric vehicle charging stations.
In September, a right turn exit lane will be added, the lot will be re-paved and re-striped, and improvements will be made to the drive-through and bookdrop.
This is the first two phases of the project.
The third and final phase is scheduled for 2018 when the new Gilpin Manor Elementary School opens. CCPL will pave 100 additional parking spots.