The following items are special collections that we have curated or purchased. These items are available online or at any of our 6 branch locations. For non-traditional circulating items, please see our library of things page.
Carroll County Times Archive
The Carroll County Times Archive is a collection of digitally scanned microfilms of Carroll County Times newspapers spanning from 1911 to 2019 and is updated annually. There is a basic search function that allows users to retrieve certain issues by inputting keywords, dates, or a combination of both.
Carroll County Genealogical Society's Local History Collection
The Westminster Branch Library houses the collection of the Carroll County Genealogical Society, which includes vital records, cemetery records, and family histories. The collection is available for in-house use during normal library hours.
The Community Directory is a gathering of information on a variety of non-profits and community organizations in Carroll County and the surrounding region. Resources include governmental agencies, recreational opportunities, clubs and organizations, day care centers, and religious services.
Online Research & Databases
We offer many professional online resources users can access at home, while some are restricted to in-branch only use. Find reliable information on hundreds of topics including car repair, genealogy, language learning, and more. Some require login with your library card
Playaway is the simplest way to listen to an audiobook on the go. With the audio already contained within, and a battery to make it play, there's nothing left to do but plug in earphones and enjoy.
As the first self-playing audiobook, Playaway brings pages to life at the push of a button. Audio content and simple, digital technology are merged into an easy-to-use, self-contained player. And weighing only two ounces, Playaway is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and goes anywhere you do!
Playaways have a universal headphone jack that can be used with a number of accessories including headphones, earbuds, portable speakers, FM transmitters, and audio cables for playback in virtually any environment.
Playaway Launchpads are secure, pre-loaded learning tablets designed for children and available for check-out at all CCPL branches. Get free access to high quality, ad-free learning apps grouped by subject area, grade level, theme and age. Each Launchpad features 10 or more learning apps.