We have also added a home delivery option, for Takoma Park residents only, on a limited basis. If you are unable to come to the library to collect your books, please put DELIVERY in the subject line of your original email requesst. A staff member will contact you by phone when the delivery is ready. Delivery hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 12-3. Be sure the address and phone number in your library account are accurate.
Here are the basics:
To check out books, all overdue books on your library card first must be returned! So, if possible, check the due dates in your account online before you request books.
Note: Once you return your books in the book drop, they are quarantined for up to two days, so they will still appear on your account after you‘ve put them in the book drop.
We accept book orders by email (strongly preferred) and phone.
Emails can be sent any time, of course. Phone requests can be made Monday through Friday, from noon until 6 pm, at 240-507-0229. (See below for details on sending emails and making phone requests)
Before requesting books, please check our catalog to see if we have the book. Your search will give you a list of possibilites, click on the one that is of interest. That will take you into the catalog itself and give you all the basic information about the book - the full call number (which we need), availability, reviews, and many other details. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the record. If the book is checked out, you may place a hold on it.
Patrons are limited to 10 books per order. One order per day. You can, of course, have books from multiple orders at home at any time. Just watch out for overdues.
When you request books, by email or phone, we will need your name plus either your birthday or the last 4 digits of your library card number so we can call up the correct account, and ensure you get the books you order. If this is an email request, this information should go in the subject line. An indication as to whether these are children's or adult books is also helpful.
Once we have fetched your books, we‘ll notify you that they are ready for pickup. Regular pick-up times are now Monday through Thursday 12 to 8, Friday through Sunday 12 to 6. Note: we fill the requests in the order received. Although it may take a few days before we get to yours, we will usually have the bag ready for you to come and collect within a day or two.
Call when you get to the Library - 301-580-0085. We‘ll bring out your books and leave them on a table in back of the library for you to pick up. The table is next to the parking lot and near the entrance to the computer center. In case of rain we put them on a cart just inside the door.
We empty any uncollected bags after seven days, so please pick yours up as soon as possible.
You can reserve a book from inside the catalog, but you need to be logged into your account. This is possible only for books that are checked out, and we will notify you when the book has been returned and is ready for pickup. For books that are marked "available", please follow normal procedures, contacting us by email or phone.
If you are having problems with your library account, need a card replacement or renewal, or need us to validate a new card, please register here.
The book drop is always open.
Here are specifics:
The email for book requests is: firstname.lastname@example.org
The subject line should include the name on the library account, and either the last four digits of your Library card OR the month and day of your birthday. An indication of the type of books you want to check out is also helpful.
In the body of the email, list the books you are requesting. It will help us to help you if you first search our online catalog, and provide us with the title, and call number (NOT the barcode). You can find this information by opening up the full library catalog entry for the book. If it is a fiction work, please use what we have in the catalog: for instance, the call number for ‘Catcher in the Rye,‘ by J.D. Salinger is FIC SALINGER. For a non-fiction book, such as ‘Birds of Eastern North America,‘ by Paul Sterry, the call number is 598.097 STERRY.
We will reply when we have filled your request, and let you know when you may to pick up your books. Incomplete information will delay the process.
Once a request is filled, the email exchange is archived. If you wish to place a second order, please start a fresh email request. Do not use "reply"
To request books, please call: 240-507-0229 on weekdays between 12 noon and 6 pm.
We will ask you for your name and the last four digits of your Library card number or the month and day of your birthday.
When you give us the titles of the books you want, please give us the author and call number as well (if you are using the catalog)
There are currently no limits on how many books you can keep at home, but please be considerate of others.