Library to Forgive Fines While Shifting to New Computer Catalog

Beginning May 5, the Talbot County Library, with branches in Easton, St. Michaels, and Tilghman, will have a new online catalog system designed to make using the library easier than ever.  With the new system, users will be able to search for books and other materials in ways as simple, or as sophisticated, as they wish.  Patrons who like to access their accounts online will find they can create a record of their reading history, save searches, and even track the status of items they’ve requested.  They will also be able to view and print account information, renew items, check on fines, and more.

As anyone who’s ever switched their records from one computer to another knows, things can get a little confusing during the transition.  Imagine what it’s like for a library with 27,000+ patrons and 140,000+ books to keep track of! To make sure neither patrons nor books fall through the cracks, the library will be carefully transferring information from one system to the other from April 28 through May 5.  While the library will remain open during this eight-day period, and patrons will be able to check materials in and out, they will not be able to access their accounts in any way.  In appreciation for their patrons’ patience during this transition, the library will excuse all overdue fines from April 28 – May 5.

For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit