Our circulating library collection contains about 7,000 volumes of literary works (about 40% in large print), and is staffed by a part-time librarian, Ricki Hunsinger, assisted by some forty resident volunteers.
Most of the volumes are located in the main reading room. Recent copies of about sixty magazines are also available, as are numerous cassette tapes, CDs, and DVDs, and a small collection of children’s books for young visitors. The simple checkout system is explained at the circulation desk.
These items may be borrowed for three weeks and, if not on reserve, renewed for a similar period. The librarian can arrange to borrow books and other materials from area public libraries, as well as “talking book” audiotapes from the Maryland State Library for the Blind.
The library also maintains modest satellite book collections for residents’ use on the honor system; one located in the 3rd floor corridor connecting the Uplands and Aspen buildings and others on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Health Center.
A reference facility adjoining the main reading room contains a wide variety of non-circulating source materials such as dictionaries, compendia, atlases, archival publications of Fairhaven and EMA, and current copies of local and national newspapers. For sight-impaired readers, a lighted, magnifying console is provided.
The library also sponsors two “book club” discussion groups that meet monthly to discuss currently popular book selections, and holds periodic book sales that help defray operating costs while offering residents very economical access to items rendered surplus by space constraints.
The Library is open daily from about 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. for browsing and for checking out and returning borrowed items. The circulation desk is staffed on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The main reading and reference rooms are located on the ground floor of Beasman Center.
Residents can usually reach the librarian or a volunteer at extension 3628 during the daytime hours mentioned above.