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Hancock Library Groundbreaking

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017 we officially broke ground on the new library coming to Hancock, Maryland.  Director Mary Baykan, in an interview with Herald-Mail Media said that "this day is about 3 years in the making, maybe closer to 4".  Director Baykan said that the groundbreaking on this project was "a culmination of a lot of hard work between the community, the library board, the county and the state.  Communities across this country use and value their libraries more than ever before and to be able bring Hancock a resource like this is a great honor, a great responsibility and we look forward a year from now for cutting the ribbons and opening the door, particularly to the children of Hancock."

John Schnebly, president of the Washington County Free Library board said that "this is a great day for Hancock".  He describes libraries as "houses of truth" that are a vitally important resource in an age of widespread but often incorrect information.

To read the full article and watch the video, visit the Herald-Mail Media link below:

Find out how YOU can help to support the Hancock Library project here.

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:27

We have exciting news!  Digital copies of Washington County, Maryland Marriage Records from 1886-1970 are now available on our website!  If you know the year you can browse through our collection here and print what you need.  If you are looking for records, our searchable index database of Marriage Records includes Marriages Records from 1861-1919, 1927-1949, other years have not been indexed.  (PDF records compiled, indexed and edited by Marsha L. Fuller, Certified Genealogist.)

If you need a certified copy you will need to contact the Marriage License Department at the Circuit Court for Washington County in Hagerstown. Mail your request to the Clerk of the Circuit Court, 24 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Please include in your request:

  • Names of Bride and Groom (Bride's name should be the name she used immediately before the marriage in question)
  • Date of Marriage (Approximate year at minimum)
  • A check or money order in the amount of $5.50 for the each certified copy requested, payable to the Clerk of the Court.

For further information, please call the Clerk's Office at 301-733-8660. For information about other available court records (e.g., Civil, Criminal and Land), go to the Circuit Court for Washington County’s website:

Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 10:43
Business Hours

Effective December 1, 2016 the library's opening hours will change.  The Fletcher Branch in Hagerstown will begin operating at 10:00 am Monday through Saturday.  It will continue to open at 1:00 pm on Sunday.  All other Branches will open 1/2 hour later than their current schedule most days except weekends.  You may pick up a new bookmark at any branch library with hours for all locations beginning November 1, 2016. 

For individual locations, visit our locations page for more information.

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 13:09
Passport - photo credit:

Effective October 2016 we are pleased to announce that Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Branch of the Washington County Free Library is now an authorized Passport Acceptance Facility. 

We offer Passport Book and Card Applications, Passport Photos and Expedited Services.  Hours of Operation are Monday through Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Friday & Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Visit our Passport Services page for more information.

Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 18:00
New Website

The Washington County Free Library is pleased to present an updated website.  It has been a while since we've updated our website.  Here are a few new features that our website provides:

  • Responsive Design (same website content if your on a PC or on your mobile device)
  • Search feature available on website
  • Less fluff, more content. Fewer images and more text for a nice clean design.
  • RSS feeds are available on content that you'd like to be updated on.
  • Stable database update.  For our Genealogy users, we've updated the database to a stable platform to eliminate timeout issues.

There's lots to see in our new website, we hope you like our new design!

Posted: Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:51
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