(Belcamp, Maryland – April 28, 2011) In the interest of the health and safety of customers and employees, Harford County Public Library has adopted a smoke-free policy for all buildings and grounds, effective May 1, 2011. The use of any type of tobacco product is prohibited, including the carrying or smoking of any kind of lighted pipe, cigar, cigarettes or other lighted smoking equipment. No person may smoke in a library facility, entryway to any library facility, on the sidewalks or grounds around any library facility, or in any library vehicle.

“This smoke-free policy is a direct response to customer feedback from over the years and will create a more welcoming environment for all our customers,” stated Mary Hastler, Library Director.

Harford County Public Library joins the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center and Harford Community College as the latest county organization to adopt the policy of an entirely smoke-free campus. No members of the public were in attendance at a public hearing on April 21 to allow for comment on the smoke-free policy at the library.

Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout Harford County, Maryland. The library serves over 210,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 4,700,000. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

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