The Anne Arundel County Public Library system is one of the busiest in the nation, with 14 branches located throughout the county providing a wide variety of information and entertainment.
The system's inventory includes approximately 300,000 books and magazines for all reading levels, 10,000 records, and 1,500 cassettes for children.Thereare regular story times scheduled for children between the ages of 2and 5.
In addition, many branches show children's movies, and the SummerReading Program includes activities, games, presentations and demonstrations to encourage reading.
The system also has some 25,000 reference books, and the staff is trained to help people find the materials and information.The public may also telephone for assistance.
The regular reader may choose from about 500,000 books of every kind to read, including science fiction, mysteries, best sellers, self-help books, and others; some 3,000 magazines and newspapers; 50,000 records, 25,000 cassettes and compact discs.
and 5,000 videocassettes of movies and instructional tapes.
To borrow, all that is needed is a library card. To get one, go to any library, present a valid Maryland driver's license or other Motor Vehicle Administration identification with a current address.
Children under 16 need the signatureof a parent or guardian, who must accompany the child to the libraryand present the above information. If proper identification is not available, library cards can be mailed.
The loan period for most library material is about three weeks. Videocassettes and videodiscs may be borrowed for three days. Fines for materials returned late are 10 cents a day for most materials, and $2 for cassettes and discs.