The Westminster Branch is currently closed for construction. This temporary closure is anticipated to last eight weeks and is required to ensure the safety of customers and staff. Please check back for updates.

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Carroll County Public Library
Infinite Possibilities

Westminster Branch

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50 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157

Christina Ogle, Branch Manager

Branch Hours

Monday - Thursday:  9 AM - 8 PM
Friday - Saturday:  9 AM - 5 PM

 Phone 1    410.386.4490

Fax    410.386.4497

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Visit the Exploration Commons at 50 East update page for information regarding the project and accessing the Westminster Branch during construction.

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Programs and Events

Check Currents or the Calendar of Events site for more events.

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Fall Craft Time
Friday, September 24, 2021 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Ages: Birth - 5
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Craft supply kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at CCPL's Westminster Branch. You can pick them up starting on Fridays, during library hours, while supplies last.

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Fall Craft Time
Friday, October 1, 2021 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Ages: Birth - 5
More information
Craft supply kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at CCPL's Westminster Branch. You can pick them up starting on Fridays, during library hours, while supplies last.

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Read with a Furry Friend
Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ages: 4 - Adults, Adults
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Research shows that reading to animals can boost reading skills in children as well as help with emotional and social skills. KPets’ trained “reading dogs” provide a relaxed informal atmosphere for kids to practice reading. Every dog enjoys a good story!

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Family Storytime
Monday, October 4, 2021 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
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We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Family Storytime
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
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We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Pajama Party Storytime
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ages: Birth - 8
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Wear your pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal, and listen to stories before bed. This storytime introduces stories through books, songs, and activities appropriate for young children.

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Family Storytime
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

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Family Storytime
Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Ages: Birth - 8
More information
We’ll share books, stories, rhymes, music, and movement. Come talk, sing, read, write, and play together in a format appropriate for young children. 

Meeting Rooms

Meeting rooms are available for public use Sunday through Saturday, excluding library-observed holidays.

We have 2 meeting rooms available for public use:

Large Meeting Room - Capacity: 50
Small Meeting Room - Capacity: 10

Book by Room

Branch History

Library service in Carroll County began in 1863, when the Westminster Public Library was founded by Reverend J. A. Monroe and Dr. Charles Billingslea. The library was supported by membership dues and fines, and was open to the public on Friday afternoons. Relocating over the years from the Odd Fellows Hall to the new Times Building and then to the second floor of the Wantz Building, Westminster Public Library was still a one-room library in the 1940s.

In 1949, Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Davis announced that they would give a public library building to Westminster and provide an endowment for its support. At that time, the Westminster Public Library turned over its operation and assets to the Davis Library. The Davis Library, housed in a former Methodist church building, was formally dedicated as a library in May, 1951.

In 1958, after ten years of lobbying, a county-wide library system was established, with the Davis Library operating as the central branch. Carroll County's first modern library facility, the Westminster Branch, opened at 50 E. Main Street in March, 1980.

A major interior and exterior renovation to the building and park began in 2008. The interior renovation included a complete redesign of interior public space and features a train-themed children's area. Improvements to the Mary Lou Dewey Park in front of the branch included a redesigned entrance, new landscaping and walkways, and the Booth Memorial Stage, a performance platform for concerts and educational programming. Private funding made the addition of Wild Imaginings, a library-inspired sculpture by world-renown artist Bart Walter, possible.