(Updates with fingerprinting services to resume in early December.)
Fingerprinting services at the Elizabethtown Public Library are about to be interrupted for several weeks. The library takes fingerprints for people who need to pass a background check for things like volunteering at a school.
Fingerprints will be taken until Saturday, Nov. 18, followed by an interruption caused by a change in companies contracting with the state for the service, Library Director Deb Drury told Conoy Township supervisors at their meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9. Any fingerprints taken by Nov. 18 that are rejected can be redone for a short period after that, but no new fingerprints will be taken, she said.
New equipment will be needed and the library staff will have to be trained on how to use it, Drury said. She told Conoy Township supervisors she had just learned earlier in the day that the new equipment has been shipped, but she could not predict when the staff would be trained on how to use it so fingerprinting can resume.
“Hopefully, we’ll have that in a relatively short period of time,” Drury said.
But she said training will need to be done in person and she cannot predict how long the interruption in service will be.
“I have no idea when we will be back,” Drury said.
Several days later, Drury told West Donegal Township supervisors at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 13, that service should resume in early December.
She told West Donegal Township Supervisors that the service will be expanded to include pre-checks for the Transportation Security Administration. Also, the new system will allow the library to print out fingerprints, which could not be done with the old system.
“Ultimately, it will be a good change,” Drury said.
The library collects a fee from people getting fingerprinted for background checks and uses the money to fund its operations. Drury also asked the township to increase the $6,000 a year it provides to the library.