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Mission Statement

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) offers free and equal access to services and resources that connect the people of Montgomery County to ideas and information which sustain and enrich their lives.

MCPL's Vision: Our diverse community of lifelong learners finds MCPL to be an open, inviting, and vital gateway to the information, ideas, and enrichment that strengthens our County. A diverse, highly qualified staff continually assesses community needs and interests to support, encourage, and inspire our customers.

MCPL's Values: MCPL believes in the right of all to learn and to grow. We value intellectual freedom, accountability, quality service, diversity, fairness, professional ethics, integrity of information, and respect for our customers, our community, and ourselves. We are a learning organization that functions openly by exploring new ideas and using the collective talent, knowledge, and creativity of employees at all levels.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY21 Operating Budget for the Department of Public Libraries is $43,637,632, an increase of $573,069 or 1.33 percent from the FY20 Approved Budget of $43,064,563. Personnel Costs comprise 79.78 percent of the budget for 240 full-time position(s) and 212 part-time position(s), and a total of 413.01 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 20.22 percent of the FY21 budget.

In addition, this department's Capital Improvements Program (CIP) requires Current Revenue funding.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following are emphasized:

  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • A Greener County
  • Effective, Sustainable Government
  • A Growing Economy

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Program Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY20 estimates reflect funding based on the FY20 approved budget. The FY21 and FY22 figures are performance targets based on the FY21 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY22.

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Initiatives

  • Add an Early Literacy Outreach Librarian who will provide outreach, education, training, and modeling in early literacy skills for parents and caregivers of young children ages 0 to 5.
  • Expand hours at Long Branch, White Oak, and Twinbrook Libraries in FY21.
  • Offer the nationally recognized Northstar Digital Literacy program to allow customers to assess their computer, software, and technology skills and obtain certificates.
  • Expand Summer Food Security program in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, Montgomery County Public Schools, Montgomery County Food Council, and Department of Recreation.
  • Recruit and hire a Youth Program Specialist to coordinate services for residents between the ages of 12-17.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Worked with Community Services for Autistic Adults & Children (CSAAC) to rearrange the sorting room in the Collection Management warehouse to improve workflows and to eliminate recurring backlogs and get materials to customers faster.
  • Expanded Transfer Utility in Collection software to all locations to reduce waste and better tailor branch collections to their local communities, avoiding almost $60,000 in future costs annually.
  • Designed and developed an Electronic Template to create, update, and communicate Branch Desk Schedules.


  • Automated the creation of Library Link cards using python scripting.

Program Descriptions

  Administration

The Office of the Director has the responsibility for the overall management and leadership of the department. The Director's Office also oversees strategic planning and evaluation of services, public relations with the community, marketing the department's services, partnerships, Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs), and the Library Board. The Director's Office directly...

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  Library Services to the Public

MCPL consists of 23 library sites including the Noyes Library for Young Children, the Montgomery County Correctional Facility Library, and the Collection 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...

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  Workforce and Business Development

_Workforce and Business Development_Montgomery County Public Libraries has a special emphasis on developing and supporting workforce and business development in the County. The area of the Department's service falls under the MII Assistant Director for Programs and Outreach and is headed by a full-time Program Specialist for Workforce and Business...

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  Collection Management

Collection Management...

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Budget Trends
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Program Contacts

Contact Steve Kapani 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.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY19
Budget
FY20
Estimate
FY20
Recommended
FY21
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages23107722.0024049441.00 23718017.00 25208703.004.8
Employee Benefits9375326.0010146857.00 9771190.00 9382928.00-7.5
County General Fund Personnel Costs32483048.0034196298.00 33489207.00 34591631.001.2
Operating Expenses8379065.008562688.00 8560938.00 8738096.002.1
County General Fund Expenditures40862113.0042758986.00 42050145.00 43329727.001.3
PERSONNEL
Full-Time220.00230.00 230.00 238.003.5
Part-Time213.00210.00 210.00 212.001.0
FTEs392.31400.81 400.81 409.812.3
REVENUES
Library Fees18552.0020000.00 20000.00 20000.000.0
Library Fines443189.00500000.00 500000.00 300000.00-40.0
Miscellaneous Revenues543887.00280000.00 540000.00 540000.0092.9
Parking Fees60672.0080000.00 80000.00 60000.00-25.0
State Reimbursement: Library Operations2686574.003388000.00 3937000.00 3459000.002.1
State Reimbursement: Library Staff Retirement1911752.003295000.00 3295000.00 2120000.00-35.7
County General Fund Revenues5664626.007563000.00 8372000.00 6499000.00-14.1
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages96961.00171555.00 171555.00 175889.002.5
Employee Benefits34271.0045553.00 45553.00 45547.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs131232.00217108.00 217108.00 221436.002.0
Operating Expenses191021.0088469.00 88469.00 86469.00-2.3
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures322253.00305577.00 305577.00 307905.000.8
PERSONNEL
Full-Time2.002.00 2.00 2.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs3.203.20 3.20 3.200.0
REVENUES
Federal Grants62448.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants154816.00305577.00 305577.00 307905.000.8
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues217264.00305577.00 305577.00 307905.000.8
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures41184366.0043064563.00 42355722.00 43637632.001.3
Total Full-Time Positions222.00232.00 232.00 240.003.4
Total Part-Time Positions213.00210.00 210.00 212.001.0
Total FTEs395.51404.01 404.01 413.012.2
Total Revenues5881890.007868577.00 8677577.00 6806905.00-13.5
FY21 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Re-align: Salary Lapse from Administration to Library Services to the Public [Administration]29839540.00
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment7451650.00
Re-align: Salary Lapse from Administration to Library Services to the Public [Library Services to the Public]-29839540.00
FY21 RECOMMENDED7451650.00
Program Summary
Program NameFY20 APPR
Expenditures
FY20 APPR
FTEs
FY21 REC
Expenditures
FY21 REC
FTEs
Administration292716028.00243973624.00
Collection Management1037129230.1000.00
Library Services to the Public29766111345.9140892613388.01
Workforce and Business Development00.003052831.00
Total43064563404.0143637632413.01
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY20
Total$
FY20
FTES
FY21
Total$
FY21
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
Correction and RehabilitationGeneral Fund1731281.702122711.70
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY21FY22FY23FY24FY25FY26
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY21 Recommended43330.00000043330.00000043330.00000043330.00000043330.00000043330.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Recommended in FY210.000000148.000000148.000000148.000000148.000000148.000000
New positions in the FY21 budget are generally assumed to be filled at least two months after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears. The positions created in FY21 are related to the expansion of Public Service Hours at Long Branch, White Oak, and Twinbrook Libraries.
Labor Contracts0.000000235.000000235.000000235.000000235.000000235.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures43330.00000043712.00000043712.00000043712.00000043712.00000043712.000000
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