100 Years at Anne Arundel County Public Library
January 8, 1921
The first public library in Annapolis opens in the municipal building in downtown Annapolis. The library opened its doors three days a week for two hours a day. Books were loaned for two weeks, but borrowers first had to pay ten cents for an identification card.
The Glen Burnie Free Public Library started in the Glen Burnie Masonic Temple. Library moves to various locations around Glen Burnie until opening in its current location in 1969.
AACPL presents their first storytime for children.
Annapolis Library moved to the old Annapolis High School building on Green Street and then into Reynolds Tavern.
The Library Commission incorporated in 1936, changing its name to The Public Library Association of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Inc.
Fines raised to 2 cents a day for overdues.
In an attempt to extend library service to the Black residents of Annapolis, a branch library was opened on Clay Street in 1938. It was open 20 hours a week. This branch was closed in 1950, and its Librarian, Mrs. Eloise Richardson, was added to the staff at the Reynold's Tavern.
Bookmobile service begins in the Glen Burnie area.
Severna Park Library opens in former Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad Station.
Linthicum Library opens in old Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad station.
Overdue fines raised to 3 cents.
Riviera Beach Library opens in a rented store.
Annapolis Library opens at current location.
Linthicum Library opens in current location.
Deale Library opens in current location.
Glen Burnie Library opens in current location.
Odenton Library opens in a church building provided by the Soroptimist Club of Severn.
Brooklyn Park Library opens in current location.
Riviera Beach Library opens in current location.
Severna Park Library opens in current location.
Sunday hours piloted at Annapolis Library.
Library Headquarters opens in current location.
Crofton Library opens in Crofton Centre.
Maryland City at Russett Library opens in Maryland City Shopping Center.
Eastport-Annapolis Neck Library opens in current location.
Broadneck Library opens in current location.
Severn Library opens in current location.
AACPL completes conversion to online circulation system moving away from card catalog.
Library begins issuing plastic yellow library cards in place of cardboard cards.
Edgewater Library opens in current location.
Mountain Road Library opens in current location.
Customers can reserve books and check accounts via the Internet.
AACPL Kiosk opens in Annapolis Mall.
Maryland City at Russett Library opens in current location.
Crofton Library opens in current location.
Odenton Library opens in current location.
Maryland Digital eLibrary Consortium formed allowing customers to checkout eBooks, eAudiobooks.
Library Foundation formed.
Self-check machines first installed at four libraries.
Library begins lending pre-loaded Kindles and Nooks, digital magazines.
3D printers introduced at some AACPL locations.
Library begins offering Kanopy streaming videos.
Discoveries: The Library at the Mall opens at Westfield Annapolis.
AACPL goes fine free for children's materials and forgives $754,637 in old fines from 33,000 people.
Discoveries: The Library at the Mall opens in larger space and signs long-term lease.
July 1, 2020
Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library opens.