Bosler Reopening

The Bosler Memorial Library will be reopening to the public on Monday, June 22. Fingerprinting services will begin again on Monday, June 29. However, no fingerprinting will be done during the hours reserved for vulnerable populations (see below under hours).

Below you will find information about different aspects of the library's reopening protocols. We want to thank you for your patronage of the Library and for your patience and cooperation during this difficult and unprecedented time.

We continue to work diligently to create and maintain a safe and welcoming environment as we monitor federal, state, local, and health/medical recommendations, guidelines, and orders to ensure that our protocols incorporate best practices. This includes following the Office of Commonwealth Libraries' Framework for Reopening Public Libraries.

We strive to meet the needs of our community and to empower lifelong learning. To that end, with the reopening of the library, we have made some adjustments to our collections, programs, and services as well as to the physical layout of our facility. Some of our traditional offerings have to be suspended or cancelled, but in many other ways we are enhancing the ways our patrons use the Library.



The library will follow any federal, state, or local requirements regarding access. The Library reserves the right to limit the number of people in the building, the size of groups (both formal and informal), and the amount of time patrons spend in the library.

The Youth Services Department will have a limited capacity of 24 individuals. All toys and activities in the Youth Services Department have been temporarily removed. AWE computer stations will still be available for patrons' use.

The Library has also adopted the policy, "Coronavirus Protocols for the Public."

Coronavirus Protocols for the Public
Approved: May 21, 2020
Purpose -- The Bosler Memorial Library is committed to the health and safety of its residents and employees. This policy will outline the protocols for all visitors to Bosler Memorial Library during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Visitors -- References any member of the public who enters the Library and/or its property.

Prior to coming to the Library, visitors must:

  • Attempt to conduct any necessary transactions through other means (i.e., phone, email, etc.)
  • Refrain from coming to the Library if they have had contact with someone known or suspected to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Refrain from coming to the Library if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 as identified by the CDC.

When Visiting the Library, visitors will be required to:

  • Wear a face mask/covering unless medically exempt from doing so.
  • Observe frequent and proper handwashing and/or sanitizing guidelines.
  • Follow all directional controls put in place by the Library.
  • Observe proper social distancing from other visitors and staff of the Library.
  • Immediately upon completing their business, leave the Library.

NOTICE: Refusal to adhere to any of the above requirements will result in the Library contacting the police to assist in the visitor's immediate removal from the Library's property.

Illness or Suspected Illness

  • If a visitor has:
    • Had contact with someone known or suspected to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days,
    • Has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been suspected of having had COVID-19,
    • Has shown any symptoms of COVID-19 as identified by the CDC.
  • The visitor may enter the Library after they have been symptom free, without the use of medication, for 72 hours.
  • If within 14 days of their visit to the Library, a visitor tests positive for COVID-19, they should notify the Library immediately.
    • The visitor should be prepared to provide the following information:
      • Date/Time of visit
      • Areas of the Library visited
      • Names of any Staff (if known) with whom they interacted.

Contact the Library's Pandemic Safety Officer:

Jeffrey Swope
Executive Director
717-243-4642, ext. 3223



The library will be open its normal hours with a slight modification to provide special times for vulnerable populations.

Monday: 10am to 9pm
Tuesday: 10am to 9pm (10am to 11am -- reserved for vulnerable populations)*
Wednesday: 10am to 9pm
Thursday: 10am to 9pm (10am to 11am -- reserved for vulnerable populations)*
Friday: 10am to 9pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 1pm to 5pm (1pm to 2pm -- reserved for vulnerable populations)*

* During these hours, the person falling within the vulnerable population group may bring one other person (who does not qualify as a vulnerable person) to accompany them if, and only if, the vulnerable person needs assistance during their visit. During these special hours all standard services will be provided; however, there will be no fingerprinting service during these hours.


Physical Space

Furniture has been rearranged to allow for better social distancing. We ask that you do not move the furniture.

The puzzle and game tables have been removed. Puppets have moved out of the public area, but will still be available for checkout.

The Tower Gardens have been temporarily dismantled.

In addition Bosler staff will be routinely monitoring the library, cleaning and sanitizing high-touch areas and ensuring patrons adhere to social distancing.


Circulation Activities

Returning Materials

If you have materials to return, they must be returned in either our outside book drop, or the the book drops located on the first floor. All materials returned will be quarantined for at least 72 hours. During that time the items will still appear on your account, but you will not incur fines for the time they are in quarantine.

Checking Out Material

There will be both staffed circulation stations and self-checkout stations. Social distancing barriers have been placed at the service desks and protective shields have been installed at each of Bosler's service desks. Checking out items will be a contactless process. When checking an item out please follow any staff instructions. Staff will handle cash, but it will be a contactless process.

Curbside Pickup

Curbside pickup has been a success, and we will continue to offer curbside pickup after the library building reopens. Once open the hours for curbside will change in order to accommodate both in-library services as well as curbside service. For more information about the curbside hours click here.


Current editions of newspapers that are traditionally kept behind the desk will now be kept in the collection with the other newspapers.

Outreach Collections

Our Read & Return and Bosler Free Library collections have been suspended.



In-person programming has currently been suspended and will resume at the guidance of the health and medical community.

Virtual Programming

Bosler will instead be offering virtual programming for kids, teens, and adults. For more information about virtual programming click here.

Virtual SummerQuest

This year's SummerQuest will be held virtually. To learn more about this year's virtual SummerQuest click here.



Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loans are currently unavailable.


Internet service will be available at a more limited level. WiFi access is still fully available.

Information Services

Information Services staff will be available to provide you with reference assistance. In addition, they will continue to be available to assist you through virtual reference. For more information on virtual reference click here.

Tax Forms

The library will continue to provide tax forms until Tax Day, which has been extended until Wednesday, July 15. Tax forms may also be requested for curbside pickup. To find out more about the tax forms available at Bosler click here.


Meeting Rooms

All of Bosler's physical meeting rooms are closed for community events and gatherings.


Small Group Study Room and Tutor Room

The small group study room will be restricted to no more than 2 people at one time. The room will be cleaned between each use.

The tutor room will be limited to one person at a time. The room will be cleaned between each use.



Because of COVID-19 the Bosler Library will be quarantining all donations for 3 days. For this reason all donations will be handled by library staff rather than by Bookery volunteers.

Drop Off -- up to 2 medium boxes or 8 plastic grocery bags

A patron may drop off up to 2 medium boxes or 8 plastic grocery bags of donations at one time. These items should be brought to the Public Services Desk on the first floor of the Library.

If a patron has more material than this to donate, there are two options: break the donation down over several days or arrange a donation appointment with the library for a time when they can accept your donation.

Make an Appointment -- to donate more than the 2 medium boxes or 8 plastic grocery bags

Contact the library's Public Services Desk in person or by phone at 717-243-4642 and arrange a mutually convenient time to drop off your donations. When you arrive at the agreed upon day/time, pull into the loading zone, and go into the library to the Public Services Desk to let them know you have arrived.

Please be aware that if you bring a large number of donations to the library without making an appointment, the library will not accept the donations.


Friends of Bosler Bookery Hours of Operation

The Bookery will re-open on Tuesday, July 7. Please be aware that the library's protocols for the public apply in The Bookery just as they do in the library.

The Bookery will be open Tuesday and Thursday 10:00am to 6:00pm and Friday and Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Carry-In Donations When The Bookery Reopens

A patron may carry into The Bookery an armload, one or two plastic grocery bags, or a very small box full of books to donate. There will be a container next to the sales desk labelled for donations. You must put your donations in there. Bookery volunteers will not handle donations.

For any amounts larger than this, see above under DONATIONS.


Page Updated

June 16, 2020