Easton

100 W. Dover St.
Easton, MD 21601
Phone:  410-822-1626

St. Michaels

106 Fremont St.
St. Michaels, MD 21663
Phone: 410-745-5877

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Our Library Has

109,117 – Books

9,049 – DVDS and Music CDs

562,228 – Downloadable ebooks, audio books, movies, and TV shows

Over 29,000 – Cardholders!

The Talbot County Free Library may well end up being your favorite go-to place on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The library is a warm, welcoming destination with comfortable chairs, quiet study rooms, public access computers, friendly and knowledgeable reference librarians, a state-of-the-art genealogical archive, a collection of over 114,000 items, and much, much more. And all of its programs, services, and materials are provided absolutely free of charge.

Here are just some of the free services and programs you will find in our main library in Easton (100 West Dover Street) and our St. Michaels branch library (106 Fremont Street):

  • Educational health programs
  • Personal security programs (e.g. identity theft, how to avoid scams)
  • Art education and shows
  • Craft programs
  • Music programs
  • Movies presented on our large, professional screens
  • One-on-one computer training
  • Access to 31 computer databases, including Ancestry.com
    and Rosetta Stone
  • Outreach to senior centers and nursing homes
  • Civic engagement (important public meetings are held
    regularly at the library)
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Referrals to other agencies and organizations
  • Resources for starting a second or “encore” career
  • Partnerships with AARP, the Talbot County Senior Center, Chesapeake College, Job Centers, and more
  • Inter-library loan
  • Reciprocal borrowing privileges (the ability to belong to any and all public libraries in the state)
  • Public computers and free Wi-Fi
  • Free public meeting rooms for non-profits
  • Large-print books
  • Assistive technology (ADA compliant workstations at both branches)
    and partnership with the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Let’s talk about just a few of these.

Old photo of the Talbot County Free Library

Our Library Circa 1940
Photo courtesy of Talbot County Free Library

One-On-One
Computer Training

If you would like to learn the simple basics of using a computer—how to log on, use a mouse, set up an e-mail account, etc.—we will arrange to have you meet with one of our volunteer trainers who will teach you (carefully and patiently) how to go about joining the new world available through computers. Our collection also has a large selection of self-help computer books (for everyone from beginners to experts) available for check-out.

Databases

Using your library card to access the library’s online databases, you can …

  • Read magazines and newspapers from around the world, including current and back issues of Consumer Reports.
  • Connect with a live expert to learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.
  • Find auto repair information by vehicle make,
    model, and year.
  • Take courses in everything from accounting to writing.
  • Learn a foreign language. (Rosetta Stone)
  • Download movies, music, eBooks and eAudio books to your computer, smart phone, or other wireless device.
  • And much, much more!

Inter-Library Loan

If you are looking for a book, movie, or other item and can’t find it in our collection, we can search every public library catalogue in Maryland and, in most cases, find it right away and have it shipped to you here at the library … once again, absolutely free of charge. This service gives you access to over 17 million items held by public libraries across the state of Maryland.

Genealogy

The library’s Maryland Room archive is recognized as one of the finest collections of Maryland political and social history in the state, housing everything from family Bibles, maps and other historical documents to original manuscripts of James Michener’s novel Chesapeake. With an emphasis on material relating to Talbot County and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, people from across the country travel to the Talbot County Free Library to do genealogical research. Through the library’s databases, patrons also have free access to Ancestry.com, Genealogy Connect, and Heritage Quest Online.

Large reading table at the Talbot County Free Library

The Maryland Room at the Easton Branch
Photo courtesy of Talbot County Free Library

Movies

The Talbot County Free Library has an ever-growing collection of 5,854 movie DVDs. You can check out up to four of these DVDs at a time and keep them for as long as a week. Our collection includes classics like Casablanca and For Whom the Bell Tolls, feature films, and documentaries. The library also offers a new digital media service, Hoopla, that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, and more to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. You can choose from hundreds of thousands of titles with Hoopla.

Every day it seems we need more and more information if we are to make informed decisions. And, of course, the search for knowledge and wisdom never really ends. This is what libraries were created for. These are our strengths. Come let us help you.

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