Library Services: What To Expect


We at the Ephrata Public Library are deeply committed to your safety and that of our community.

Returns of library materials are being accepted in our book drops located on the State Street entrance. Returns will NOT be accepted at the book drop on the Route 272 entrance. All returned materials will be quarantined for at least 48 hours (2 days) before they are available for check-in and processing. 

The Ephrata Public Library building is open to the public. Current hours are Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Time and capacity limits are in effect. Masking and social distancing are required. Public computers are available. No reservations required.

Locker appointments to pick up requested items will be an optional service.  If you prefer to continue to use our Locker Service, contact the Library when you receive a notification that your items are ready for pick up to arrange a locker appointment.  You can contact the Library by emailing or calling 717-738-9291 and pressing 2 to arrange an appointment.  If you do not contact the Library to arrange a locker appointment, your requested items will be placed on the self-serve hold shelf located in the Library.  You will need to come into the Library in order to pick up and check out your requested items.

Visit the library in person to receive a full access library card.  Photo I.D. and proof of residency are required.

To receive a temporary digital access card, visit

Your temporary library card is valid for 3 months.  You must visit the Ephrata Public Library to upgrade your temporary library card to a full access library card.  Otherwise your temporary library card will expire.  You need to complete a full paper application in the library and produce proof of address to upgrade your card.

Public programs are being held both online and in-person outdoors. Registration is required for many programs. To register or to see a complete list of programs, please visit our website at

The Government Services Office is open for passport appointments only. Appointments are currently available for new applicants and renewals/photos. To sign up, visit our Passport Calendar.

The United States Village Post Office will reopen on June 1 and will be open the following hours: Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The library is not currently renting meeting rooms.

Book donations will be accepted Tue. and Thu. from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in the pod next door, behind the Community Commons building at 560 S. Reading Rd., Ephrata.

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Please note that all of these dates and actions are specific to Ephrata Public Library. Other libraries in Lancaster County will have different schedules and different processes, so be sure to check with your local library before visiting.

These are challenging times and the employees of the Ephrata Public Library are ready to accept this new challenge to help the communities that rely on us. We hope that the Library can be a way for Ephrata area residents of all ages to experience a small bit of normalcy by curling up with a book from the Library.


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