Vision Statement

Through this collection, the Dorchester County Public Library makes resources pertaining to local history, culture, genealogy, and local government available to the public.

Purpose and Scope

The M. Virginia Webb Memorial Maryland Room Collection (MD Room Collection), located at the Cambridge Branch, is intended to provide the public with access to a number of resources pertaining to the history and culture of Dorchester County and its surrounding areas, while also serving as a repository for the preservation of some primary and secondary sources.

The MD Room Collection contains materials ranging from the creation of Dorchester County and its first settlers through modernity. Materials include microfilm/microfiche, yearbooks, photographs, maps, family histories, and local government documents. Materials in the MD Room are non-circulating and non-holdable.

We are proud to offer a smaller Maryland Collection at the Hurlock Branch.


This collection is primarily concerned with the history and culture of Dorchester County Maryland (the two branches of the Library focusing on the respective cities of Cambridge and Hurlock). This includes, but is not limited to general history, local businesses, individuals and families of significance, and historical land tracts.

Use of the Collection

The Dorchester County Public Library is proud to allow public access to this collection. If you require assistance please inquire at the Information Desk, call 410-228-7331, or email, to inquire about setting up an appointment.

Some materials in this collection are unique or fragile and are not kept in the Maryland Room. Please inquire at the Information Desk to access these materials. For the duration of these materials' use a library staff member will ask to hold onto the patron's identification card.

Please consult the Maryland Room Collection Development Policy if you have any questions regarding this collection.