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Carroll County Public Library
Infinite Possibilities

Westminster Branch

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50 East Main Street
Westminster, MD 21157

Christina Kuntz, 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.

Directions

Programs and Events

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

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Summer Craft Time
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Ages: Birth - 5
More information
Craft supply kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Express Pickup area. You can pick them up Tuesday through Friday, during library hours, while supplies last.

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Ghost Walk of Westminster
Friday, June 18, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Ages: 10 - Adults, Adults
Registration and more information
Ready for some outdoor fun? Join us for a stroll through Westminster to hear some legends and lore and visit a few local haunts. This walk is approximately 1.5 miles. We will plan on meeting in the park in front of the library. The rain date will be Friday, June 25. Please adhere to CDC guidelines of social distancing and masking.

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Summer Craft Time
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Ages: Birth - 5
More information
Craft supply kits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Express Pickup area. You can pick them up Tuesday through Friday, during library hours, while supplies last.

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Create Your Own Zen Garden
Monday, June 28, 2021 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Ages: 11 - 17
Registration and more information
Are you looking for a little space you can control and relax in? Learn how to make your very own tabletop Zen garden. All supplies will be provided in this take-home kit.

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.