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Washington Co. Free Library Prepares to Open

It has been almost three years in the making, but the newly built Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown will open its doors in less than two weeks.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - It has been almost three years in the making, but the newly built Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown will open its doors in less than two weeks.

"It’s been a long time but it's going to be well worth the wait,” said Public Relations and Marketing Librarian Patricia Wishward. “It's an absolutely gorgeous building."

Double the size of the old library, the brand new facility is now better equipped to serve all the locals that come in.

"We also house the Western Maryland Regional Library which is a library that services the three library systems of western Maryland,” said Patricia Wishward. “Washington County, Alleghany and Garrett."

In addition to special areas for children and teens, bigger windows, and classroom spaces, the library now has the most up-to-date technologies.

"Wifi should be improved in this building,” said Joshua Lesher, a library computer service specialist. “We have many more access points so there should be no dead zones."

There are also 40 new computers, triple what old library had, and new self-checkout machines

With special RFID stickers inside every book, all visitors have to do is scan a library card, place a stack of books into the machine, and then all the information will automatically register in the checkout machine.

The library's complete makeover was made possible through state, county, and city funds. It will open with a special ribbon cutting ceremony on October 5 at 1 p.m.

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