Maryland Room Policy

The Maryland Room, located in the C. Burr Artz Public Library, FCPL is a special collection of unique and rare materials that deal with the human experience in Frederick City, County and our region. The collection is developed for the use of Frederick County residents, scholars, and others interested in our local history.

The purpose of the Maryland Room is to collect, organize, and provide access to materials in a variety of formats, and to ensure that these materials are available for use today, and preserved for future generations.

Because of the unique nature and lasting value of many items in this collection, it is necessary to take protective measures to store and handle some of the items. For example, materials in this collection are generally non-circulating and may only be used in the Room. Other protective measures are necessary for fragile, rare and irreplaceable materials. Protective measures are based on well-established best practices and procedures, and are implemented in a manner that supports open access and customer-centered service.

In the Maryland Room, public library principles of open access to information and archival principles of preservation for present and future library customers are combined to achieve a common goal of sharing and preserving our rich history in a welcoming environment open to all members of our community.

The practice of good stewardship by those who use the Maryland Room collection and the library staff who assist them will preserve and protect its rich treasures for future generations.

Approved by the Board of Trustees of Frederick County Public Libraries - 11/6/02