The Charles County Public Library is excited to announce that all of our branches are now open by appointment for computer use and browsing! Starting Monday, June 14th, our Waldorf West branch joins La Plata, Potomac and P.D. Brown Memorial branches in offering browsing appointments. Appointments include computer and printer use, as well as browsing the collection for materials to check out. For everything you need to know about making appointments, what to expect when you come to a branch and more, check out our FAQs below. 

Still need help? We’ve got you covered through Live Web Chat on our website when you see the Need Help? icon, Telephone Reference by calling any of our branches, or send us an email.

Make an Appointment

During your appointment, you can use the public computers, as well as browse our collection for materials to check out. You can also get a library card and pick up holds.

You must have an appointment to enter the building. All visitors must also follow all CCPL guidelines.

Hours of Operation

Branch Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
La Plata 9:30AM-1:30PM 9:30AM-1:30PM 9:30AM-1:30PM 9:30AM-1:30PM 1:00-5:00PM 1:00-5:00PM
Potomac & Waldorf West 12:30-4:30PM 12:30-4:30PM 12:30-4:30PM 12:30-4:30PM 1:00-5:00PM 1:00-5:00PM
P.D. Brown 3:30-7:30PM 3:30-7:30PM 3:30-7:30PM 3:30-7:30PM 1:00-5:00PM 1:00-5:00 PM

The Mobile Library and Outreach Van are also back on the road. Each vehicle is a mobile hotspot on wheels providing free WiFi access, and the Mobile Library offers materials check out, printing and program offerings. Visit our Mobile Library information page for more information and to find a stop near you. 

All branches are still open for Curbside Pickup. Click here to make an appointment

To make an appointment, visit our Appointments page, where you can select the branch, day and time for your appointment. Review the chart below for appointment times by location.

Appointment Times:

Branch Monday-Thursday
La Plata 9:30-10:30AM
La Plata 11:00AM-12:00PM
La Plata, Potomac, Waldorf West 12:30-1:30PM
Potomac, Waldorf West 2:00-3:00PM
Waldorf West, Potomac, P.D. Brown 3:30-4:30PM
P.D. Brown 5:00-6:00PM
P.D. Brown 6:30-7:30PM
Branch Friday & Saturday
La Plata, Potomac, P.D. Brown, Waldorf West 1:00-2:00PM
La Plata, Potomac, P.D. Brown, Waldorf West 2:30-3:30PM
La Plata, Potomac, P.D. Brown, Waldorf West 4:00-5:00PM

You will receive an email confirmation of your appointment day, time and location. Upon arrival for your appointment, please call the number listed on the signage outside the branch. Staff will then assist you. 

Only one appointment per day per branch can be made in advance using the online form. In order for staff to be able to wipe down equipment/furniture, ensure safety protocols, and prepare for the next appointment slot, all customers will need to leave the building after their one hour appointment is finished. Additional appointments at the same branch are handled on an as available basis, and therefore cannot be guaranteed. Please speak with a staff member if you need help making an additional appointment later the same day.

All appointments are limited to one hour.

Yes, customers are encouraged to bring someone with them to help during their appointments, however the following guidelines apply:

  • Only four (4) people will be allowed per library use appointment, and only two (2) people per computer use appointment. 

Yes, if there is availability at the branch you are visiting. To ensure that you get an appointment at the time you are looking for, making an appointment online in advance is strongly encouraged.

Yes, your appointment time allows you to use our public computers or to browse the collection for materials to check out. You can also pick up holds during your appointment. 

If you are not able to come into the branch and would like to check out materials, you can browse our catalog online, place a hold, and then arrange for pickup through Curbside Pickup. You can also place holds through Live Web Chat or Telephone Reference. And don’t forget about the CCPL App where you can place holds and use all of our digital resources. The Mobile Library and Outreach Van also have limited materials that can be recommended by staff. Visit our Mobile Library information page to find a stop near you.

We hope to be able to make more announcements about our next steps in reopening soon.

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All branches are practicing elevated cleaning and sanitizing protocols daily that follow public health guidelines. 

  • If you are unvaccinated the wearing of a mask and maintaining 6 ft. distance from others is strongly encouraged. Masks will be available for customers who arrive without one and would like one.
  • Only four (4) people will be allowed per library use appointment, and only two (2) people per computer use appointment. 
  • All of our branches have been retrofitted with Plexiglas® safety barriers and have physical distancing signage.
  • Self-serve cleaning materials for customers will be available to wipe down computer keyboards, mice, printers, chairs, and any other frequently touched surfaces.
  • In between appointments, each computer workstation will be sanitized.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout each building. 
  • No food or drink will be permitted in our buildings.
  • Furniture has been removed or reconfigured to ensure proper physical distancing. Customers should not move furniture unless staff have been consulted.
  • While CCPL Staff will not take customers’ temperatures upon arrival, by entering a CCPL building customers are agreeing to adhere to library safety protocols and that they are not currently exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms

All book drops at all of our branch buildings are open 24/7 and available for materials to be returned. Customers with appointments will be able to return their materials inside the building. Returns can also be made to the book drops. 

CCPL is now fine free! Although we are no longer charging fines for late items, it is still important that you return your materials by the due dates so that we can keep our resources and materials available to everyone. 

Due dates for most library materials were extended for a final time to May 1, 2021. No fines will be charged for overdue items, but fees for lost/damaged/never returned items still can be incurred. For more information on Fine Free click here.

Mobile Hotspots may be returned by making a Curbside Pickup appointment and bringing them to the branch of your choice, calling any of our branches to arrange a drop off, or by visiting the Mobile Library or Outreach Van.

Yes, customers can use our wi-fi while in the building for your appointment. Some, but not all seating and/or tables will be made available for use. Use of computer tables is subject to social distancing protocols. However, we do have a few different options if you are only looking for WiFi:

  • All of our branch parking lots have free WiFi, no password required
  • We have outdoor tables at our branches as well to use the WiFi outside of the building
  • Our Mobile Library and Outreach Van are mobile hotspots on wheels, so visitors at one of their stops can access WiFi for free from their vehicles or within a 100ft radius 

We also have a remote printing service that allows you to submit a print job through our online form and pick up via Curbside Pickup

CCPL staff are only available for limited assistance from a safe social distance. Options for customers include:

  • You are allowed to bring one additional person to your appointment for computer assistance.
  • Our online Live Chat service is also available on our website for assistance navigating our website or resources.
  • A maximum of four (4) people will be permitted per library use appointment, but only two (2) people will be allowed to occupy a computer at a time.

Donations of books and other materials will still not be accepted at this time. We simply do not have the space to house donations.

Yes, faxing will now be available at all branches. 

Yes, all restrooms will be available for patron use. 

No, for safety reasons the water fountains at each of our branches will be unavailable at this time.

No, meeting rooms are still not available for use. Announcements will be made at a later date once they become available.

Library programs will continue virtually. However, during the summer months we have scheduled some outdoor programs that ensure social distancing (weather permitting). Safety protocols will be in place and plans are subject to change due to changing public health guidelines. 

For our full schedule of programming, visit our virtual events calendar.

No, not at this time. Due to space restrictions, we are unable to open the bookstore. The bookstore is also unable to accept donations. However, please continue to check back to our website for the latest updates on our operations.