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Cumberland Free Public Library

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The Cumberland Free Public Library was opened in March 1924 on Greene Street. The City of Cumberland established a free public library on the first floor of a small home and appropriated $2000 for maintenance and salaries. The library was open 38 hours a week and purchased books and magazines with funds received from

private donations and library social functions. In June 1934, the library was moved to it present location which formerly housed the Allegany County Academy. At this time the city's contribution was increased to $6500.

The County Board of Library Trustees approached the County Commissioners, who agreed to share half the cost with the State for an addition to the Academy building. Construction began in 1965 and the new $190,000 addition was dedicated on May 7, 1966.

In 2005, the Washington Street Library re?opened after a 10 month renovation that added an elevator to the mezzanine, and 2nd floor, a meeting room, and space for staff offices. The 1.2 million dollar renovation was funded with a combination of state, local, and library funds. The renovation moved the Maryland Room to the first floor, allowed staff to offer computer classes, and created a story?hour steeple circle for our children's programs.

Mission Statement

The Allegany County Library System enriches people's lives by providing information, materials, services, and entertaining programs to promote our community, lifelong learning, and opportunity for all.

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Hours of Operation:
Mon10:00 AM8:00 PM
Tue10:00 AM8:00 PM
Wed10:00 AM8:00 PM
Thr10:00 AM8:00 PM
Fri10:00 AM5:00 PM
Sat10:00 AM5:00 PM
Notes: None Listed


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