Dorchester County Public Library

Adult Services/Programs

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Information Desk | Computers | Internet Tutorials | Available Materials | Reserves | Interlibrary Loan | Book Discussion | Meeting Room | Speaker's Service | Maryland AskUsNow | Income Tax Preparation |

Information Desk

The Information Desk staff provide walk-in, telephone, mail and email reference service. If questions cannot be answered using Dorchester County Public Library's resources, other libraries, agencies and community resources are utilized.

Genealogy questions are generally passed on to the Dorchester Genealogical Magazine staff, who answer on behalf of the library and the Dorchester County Historical Society.

For information please contact us at:

410-228-7331 (phone)
410-228-6313 (fax)
infodesk@dorchesterlibrary.org (email)

or mail to

Information Desk
Dorchester County Public Library
303 Gay St.
Cambridge, MD 21613

Computers and Other Equipment

The Adult Department provides public access computers with Internet access, online databases, and word processing programs. Printing is 15 cents per page.

A microfilm reader is available for viewing microfilm in house. Printing is 15 cents per page.

A coin operated photocopier is available for public use. Copies are 15 cents per page.

A video phone is available in the library for use by persons using sign language. Check in at the Information Desk.

Equipment to loan: a slide projector, screen, 16 mm projector, audiotape recorder/player, overhead projector, portable TDD, assistive listening devices, and telecaption adaptor are available for loan. Reserve at the Information Desk.

An LCD projector is available for use in the meeting room. It is not available for loan.

Internet Tutorials

The Information Desk staff provides free Internet tutorials to individuals using the library's computer stations. Call 410-228-7331 for an appointment.

Available Materials

Adult library materials include reference books, online databases, books (adult fiction and nonfiction) and music on CD, audiotapes, videotapes, DVDs, magazines, newspapers, Maryland Room resources and microfilm.

Other materials such as Federal and Maryland income tax forms (in season) are also supplied to patrons.

Reserves

If the book you want is not in, or is a new book and on order, we can place a reserve on it and you'll get the next available copy.

Patrons can place their own reserves on items that are checked out, by using the library's catalog terminals or logging into the catalog from our home page.  You will be notified when the material is returned and ready for you to pick up.

Interlibrary Loan

Library users have access to the collections of other Maryland libraries through interlibrary loan service. Call 410-228-7331 or stop at the Information Desk to request ILL materials. The Eastern Shore Regional Library and Maryland Interlibrary Loan Organization provide this service.

You may search other Maryland public library catalogs through MARINA and make requests, using your library card number for access. The librarians have access to additional resources, so if your initial search is unsuccessful, please call or come to the library for assistance.

Book Discussions

Thanks to Delmarva Discussions and funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the library regularly hosts series of book discussions on various themes. Usually five books comprise a series (all are provided for loan), and the group meets every other week for a two-hour discussion at the Cambridge or Hurlock Branches.

Some topics of prior series have included: The Chesapeake Bay End of an Era, Since Sherlock Holmes: a Hundred years of Detective Fiction, Not for Children Only: Classic Fairy Tales, and many others. For information about upcoming book talks, call 410-228-7331.

Meeting Room

A meeting room is available for use by community groups. To reserve the room, complete the necessary form* and fax it to library (410.228.6313). Or contact the Information Desk at 410-228-7331.
* The form is a pdf (Portable Document Format) file and you need Adobe Reader to view and print.
Click here to download.

Speaker's Service

Library staff members are available to speak to your community organization, senior center, children's center, or other group about the library's services or other topics. Please call 410-228-7331 to schedule in advance.

Maryland AskUsNow!

Maryland libraries are participating in an online reference service available 24 hours a day. Links to Maryland AskUsNow! are shown on both public and academic library homepages throughout the state.

Income Tax Preparation

Free income tax assistance (both state and federal) is available in the library's meeting room during February, March, and through April 15. Thursdays and Saturdays, appointments can be made from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Call the Information Desk for an appointment at 410-228-7331. Usually assistance is provided at the Hurlock Branch on one evening during March; call 410-943-4331 for an appointment.