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Located in the scenic mountains of Western Maryland, the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County serves this rural community with print, non-print, and electronic resources designed to meet a variety of informational needs. The library's staff is dedicated to providing quality service to its patrons. In all five branches of the library system, patrons will find helpful staff and access to a wide array of books and information.

Started in 1915 by the Oakland Civic Club, the main library in Oakland was housed in several locations until its current building was completed in 1950. Originally known as the Oakland Free Public Library, its name was changed to the Ruth Enlow Library in memory of Ruth Enlow, whose father was a major benefactor of the new library.  

Since 1950, branches of the library have opened in Accident, Friendsville, Grantsville, and Kitzmiller. 
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Address of Main Library
6 North Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550

Mission Statement
To the residents of Garrett County, Maryland:
The Ruth Enlow Library will be the people, whose helpfulness, courtesy and expertise will ensure access to the materials of appropriate level and format through the services designed to meet the informational, recreational, educational, and cultural needs of the community.

Strategic Plan
Our strategic plan for 2014 - 2017 is available as a PDF at this link.

Annual Report
Our annual report for fiscal year 2016 is available as a PDF at this link.
Board of Trustees of the Ruth Enlow Library
Board Meetings are open to the Public and are generally held the third Monday of the month. The location and time can vary. Please call 301-334-3996 to confirm date, time, and place.

Board Members:
Karl Schwalm, President
Carol Newman, Vice President
Cosette Harman, Treasurer
Wanda Guard

Wendy Sharpless
Rosie Cupler
Tina Buckel

Ruth Enlow Library
Board of Trustees
6 N Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
The Friends of the Ruth Enlow Library
The Friends of the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County is a group organized to bring together fellow citizens who value their public library, are willing to work for a better library for the community, and who speak up for good library service whenever and wherever their efforts are needed.

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Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County employment application.
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