Howard County Library System was notified yesterday that an employee at its Glenwood Branch tested positive for COVID-19. The Howard County Department of Health is conducting contact tracing.  Be advised that there are no reports that members of the public have been exposed.

HCLS branches are only open for contactless pickup of materials, and members of the public have not been in physical contact with staff.

HCLS is taking measures to ensure the safety of our team, including wearing masks at all times, maintaining physical distancing, and washing hands frequently. The Glenwood Branch will be closed through Saturday, January 16, reopening on Tuesday, January 19 (HCLS is closed on Sundays and on Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

Customers who had appointments for contactless pickup during the closure may pick up their items on Wednesday, January 20. Items that were scheduled for contactless pickup at the Glenwood Branch during the temporary closure will be held. Customers do not need to schedule a new pickup time.


Customers should not be at risk as staff wear masks while handling materials. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

For more information on COVID-19, including symptoms and treatment, visit the CDC website at


Here is the location of the Glenwood Branch:

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