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Program Description

  Library Services to the Public

The Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) consists of 22 library sites including the Noyes Library for Young Children, the Montgomery County Correctional Facility Library, plus the MCPL Express@Mid-County Recreational Center kiosk, and the Materials Management Center.

Library services are available to all County residents, Maryland residents, and those working in Montgomery County, free of charge. Library customers use MCPL services including information services for children and adults delivered in person, over the telephone, by chat, in the stacks, and outside the walls; a Public Access Catalog for access to indices and full text materials; automated phone renewal and online catalog and customer account access (24 hours, 7 days a week); programming for children, teens, seniors, and adults; technologies such as 3D printers, digital labs, makerspaces, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) kits, loanable laptops and eReaders, meeting rooms, and collaboration spaces for public use.

The Assistant Director team oversees and supports the day-to-day operations of MCPL's branches.

  • The Assistant Director for Collection and Technology oversees four branches, the Collection Management and Inter-Library Loan divisions, the Digital Strategies unit, the Technology Management unit, the Deaf Culture Digital Library, social media, digital media labs, and special projects.

  • The Assistant Director for Facilities and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) oversees nine branches, ADA compliance, refresh project coordination, facilities maintenance, workplace safety, continuity of operations, and is liaison to the Department of General Services.

  • The Assistant Director for Outreach and Programs oversees nine branches, workforce development, early literacy, marketing and branding, outreach, policies and procedures, partnership programs, after-school programs, Summer Read and Learn events, and program funding.

Program Contacts

Contact Lennadene Bailey of the Department of Public Libraries at 240.777.0045 or Deborah Lambert of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2794 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY16Actual FY17Estimated FY18Target FY19Target FY20
Number of items checked out (circulation) and materials used in a library 111,305,35711,218,95511,892,04712,803,84913,499,219
Number of library visits 24,888,5724,621,2744,943,4125,166,8035,591,247
Information questions answered 31,511,6642,069,5582,131,6452,195,5942,261,462
Total hours of rooms booked133,720146,442167,296171,003179,164
1  This measure includes physical items and e-books / e-audiobooks checked out, and items used in a branch (combining two separately listed measures in prior publications). Projected measures account for MCPL's Library Link partnership with MCPS and the net estimated effects of library closures for Refresh and Renovation, including use of nearby branches and interim facilities.
2  Projected measures account for the net estimated effects of library closures for Refresh and Renovation, including use of nearby branches and interim facilities, as well as anticipated increased use after refresh projects.
3  The decrease in FY16 information questions answered reflected methodological challenges in gathering online, real time statistics on information transactions.

Program Budget Changes

FY19 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY18 Approved28765174339.91
Increase Cost: Extension of Lease for Wheaton Interim Library2154240.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Lapsed Positions1313670.00
Increase Cost: Library Operations Expense950000.00
Add: Staff Development Grant180000.00
Decrease Cost: Salary Lapse Increase-3393070.00
Decrease Cost: Turnover Savings-6035820.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.126934-2.00
FY19 Recommended28409010337.91