Although Harford County Public Library buildings remain closed to the public, Drive-Thru and Front Door, Grab N' Go pickup services are available Monday through Friday, 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. Click here for more information.

All locations of the Harford County Public Library will be closed Friday, July 3 for pickup appointments in observation of the 4th of July Holiday.
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