About the Service

The Dorchester County Public Library strives to provide materials that satisfies the needs and interests of all of our patrons, however, we may not have the item for which you may be searching. In these instances, we offer the interlibrary loan service.

Materials borrowed from Maryland public libraries may be returned at any other Maryland public library with no penalty.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, no holds are being processed at the current time. Digital items are still available via Overdrive and Hoopla.

Local Holds

The libraries of all 8 counties of Maryland's Eastern Shore are proud to operate as a consortium that share materials between one another for the benefit of our patrons. Most of these items are eligible for renewals, as long as no other hold exists.

Visit the Catalog to see available materials and place holds. You may also call, email, or visit the Information Desk for assistance. Unfortunately there is no way to see where you are on the hold list.

Marina Holds

When materials are not available from an Eastern Shore Library, holds may be placed with Western Shore Libraries via Marina. These holds do take longer to arrive.

OCLC Holds

When matierals are not available from Maryland Public Libraries, OCLC holds may be placed via your account through Marina. Submiting an OCLC request is no guarantee that the material will be available. As many of these requests come from out-of-state libraries, they may take several weeks to arrive.

These materials may be checked out for three weeks and are not available for renewal. If the material is still needed after three weeks have elapased, a new request may be placed.

While the Dorchester County Public Library is proud to be fine free, OCLC materials are still subject to fines of $1 every day it is overdue. If the material is damaged or not returned, the borrower will be responsible for any fees determined by the lending library.

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