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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.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY20 Operating Budget for the Department of Public Libraries is $43,064,563, an increase of $204,448 or 0.48 percent from the FY19 Approved Budget of $42,860,115. Personnel Costs comprise 79.91 percent of the budget for 232 full-time position(s) and 210 part-time position(s), and a total of 404.01 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 20.09 percent of the FY20 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


Department 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 FY19 estimates reflect funding based on the FY19 approved budget. The FY20 and FY21 figures are performance targets based on the FY20 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY21.

Total use of library services (number of services provided) 126,546,38833,025,44134,907,89137,524,33440,309,066
Average annual use of library services for children, for each child under 5 in the County 251.750.557.566.677.0
Total use of library adult learning programs, services, and events 3179,512137,886149,468165,012182,173
Average cost per total library usage 4$1.57$1.29$1.30$1.44$1.46
1  Total use of library services includes circulation, visits, program and event attendance, information questions answered, and use of technology, among a range of services available in MCPL branches and online.
2  Average number of uses of library services for each child under age 5 includes the circulation of picture books and other early literacy material, use of Go! Kits, attendance at story times and other programs designed for pre-school age children.
3  This measure shows the total use of services for adult learning such as English conversation clubs, business counseling, book groups, online courses, and bilingual programs. Projections are based upon observed increases in use, strategic use of programming resources, and MCPL's Strategic Plan Goal to increase workforce development materials and programs through the work of a targeted position to promote workforce development programming. Reduction from FY17 to FY18 was related to a number of branches that were closed for refresh during FY18. One branch was closed for twelve months; one branch was closed for eight months; one branch was closed for five months; and two branches were closed for one month each. Also, work was done with database vendors in FY18 to obtain timely, accurate statistics for online classes enrollment and resource use.
4  This measure shows the total use of library services in relation to MCPL's budget.


  • Awarded the 2018 Top Innovator Honorable Mention Award from the Urban Libraries Council for "Reading and Educating to Advance Lives: REAL Change," a partnership with the Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) volunteers who read with children in the HHS benefits office.
  • Awarded 2018 NACo Achievement Awards for:

    • Sharing Our Voice through Podcasting;
    • The REAL Program; and
    • Engaging a Community in Energy Savings.

  • Implemented the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read with programs and events throughout Montgomery County.
  • Participated in One Maryland One Book hosting author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
  • Hosted First Vinyl Day - "Just for the Record Event" (April 2018), a celebration of vinyl music, its culture, art, and sound.
  • Launched the Books@Home service which provides books by mail to residents who cannot visit a library.
  • Launched the Internet to Go program which lends laptops and wireless hotspots for use at home.
  • Hired a Program Specialist for the Deaf Culture Digital Library to assist in coordinating programs for the deaf community and provide information to the community and outside agencies.
  • Workforce Development:

    • Launched HIRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) at Rockville Memorial Library in collaboration with WorkSource Montgomery;
    • Graduated 12 students from our Career Online High School program;
    • Launched LearningExpress Library which offers online resources for academic and career success (November 2017); and
    • Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) hosted events that connected entrepreneurs to experts to expand their businesses.

  • Completed refresh projects at the Quince Orchard (December 2017), Connie Morella (April 2018), and White Oak (April 2018) libraries.



  • Expand hours at Damascus and Long Branch Libraries in FY20.
  • Initiated the Early Literacy Reading Program "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten."
  • Launched the Library of Things, which provides musical instruments for loan (September 2018).
  • Designed and launched the website for Maryland's Deaf Culture Digital Library that is coordinated by Montgomery County.
  • Piloted a program for Sensory Storytimes which will provide specialized programs to children with developmental differences.
  • Launched Citizenship Corners as part of the Montgomery County's Cities for Citizenship Initiative that provides citizenship classes and sessions at selected branches.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Launched comprehensive process improvement in the Collection Management unit to reduce backlogs and make materials available to customers more quickly.
  • Piloting Transfer Utility in Collection software at four locations to reduce waste and better tailor branch collections to their local communities.


Collaboration and Partnerships

Educational Literacy

Educational classes such as English as a Second Language (ESL), citizenship classes, English conversation clubs, and tutoring spaces are offered to residents at libraries. Language learning materials are provided in a variety of formats and languages enabling communities to learn more about different cultures while sharing information. Residents are offered informative programs that cultivate an appreciation of individual and collective histories and inter-generational awareness.


Community Engagement Cluster, Montgomery College, Non-Profits

Connected Communities

Ensure that all middle school students at MCPS have the opportunity to have a library card. Engage children and families with informative programs, library tours, and events that cultivate an appreciation of libraries and volunteer opportunities.


Montgomery County Public Schools, Non-Profits

Strong and Vibrant Montgomery

Provided workforce development programs targeting job seekers to include workshops on job search strategies, successful interviewing, resume writing, applying for jobs with Montgomery County, LinkedIn Bootcamps, and career re-entry seminar series for women. Business programs offer classes in English and Spanish for entrepreneurs and small business owners on starting a business, business finance basics, social media for small businesses, building a website for small business, and an online high school diploma program. Financial Literacy offerings include programs on divorce and money, financial planning 101, envisioning your financial future, planning for retirement, entrepreneurship, and protecting against identity theft. The Health and Human Services (HHS) Safe Spaces program at two branches offers a location for late night activities for at-risk teenagers.


Office of Consumer Protection, Office of Human Resources, Non-Profits

Technology and Programming

Media labs engage youth and older adults in using digital media, music, and multimedia production as a form of expression and developing their programming skills in libraries. Technology training classes for older adults in English and Spanish are available at several libraries. Residents are provided with programs that inspire and foster innovative thinking, technology, makerspace, and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) programming.


Department of Technology Services, Non-Profits


Program Descriptions

  Library Services to the Public

MCPL consists of 22 library sites including the Noyes Library for Young Children, the Montgomery County Correctional Facility Library, 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...

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  Administration, Outreach, and Support Services

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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  Collection Management

The Collection Management program provides for the selection, acquisition, cataloging, processing, and delivery of library content and materials, including electronic resources, eBooks, and eAudiobooks. The Collection Development Unit is responsible for planning and inclusion of new formats and the evaluation of collections in relation to community information...

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Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Anita Vassallo of the Department of Public Libraries at 240.777.0012 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
Salaries and Wages22649068.0023793826.00 23026783.00 24049441.001.1
Employee Benefits9509411.0010118938.00 9382415.00 10146857.000.3
County General Fund Personnel Costs32158479.0033912764.00 32409198.00 34196298.000.8
Operating Expenses8364109.008641774.00 8261773.00 8562688.00-0.9
County General Fund Expenditures40522588.0042554538.00 40670971.00 42758986.000.5
Full-Time220.00220.00 220.00 230.004.6
Part-Time212.00213.00 213.00 210.00-1.4
FTEs392.06392.31 392.31 400.812.2
Library Fees21496.0020000.00 20000.00 20000.000.0
Library Fines604019.00870000.00 870000.00 500000.00-42.5
Miscellaneous Revenues342762.00280000.00 280000.00 280000.000.0
Parking Fees17855.0080000.00 80000.00 80000.000.0
State Reimbursement: Library Operations3139619.003236000.00 3236000.00 3388000.004.7
State Reimbursement: Library Staff Retirement3815138.003194819.00 3194819.00 3295000.003.1
County General Fund Revenues7940889.007680819.00 7680819.00 7563000.00-1.5
Salaries and Wages49876.00171263.00 171263.00 171555.000.2
Employee Benefits16035.0042764.00 42764.00 45553.006.5
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs65911.00214027.00 214027.00 217108.001.4
Operating Expenses69218.0091550.00 91550.00 88469.00-3.4
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures135129.00305577.00 305577.00 305577.000.0
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
Federal Grants33413.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants104950.00305577.00 305577.00 305577.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues138363.00305577.00 305577.00 305577.000.0
Total Expenditures40657717.0042860115.00 40976548.00 43064563.000.5
Total Full-Time Positions222.00222.00 222.00 232.004.5
Total Part-Time Positions212.00213.00 213.00 210.00-1.4
Total FTEs395.26395.51 395.51 404.012.1
Total Revenues8079252.007986396.00 7986396.00 7868577.00-1.5
FY20 Approved Changes
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Public Service Hours at Damascus and Long Branch Libraries [Library Services to the Public]2157885.00
Add: Staff to Re-open Wheaton Library Offset by Lapse Adjustment Based Upon Experience [Library Services to the Public]03.50
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY20 Compensation Adjustment12080700.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY19 Personnel Costs5402580.00
Shift: Operating Budget Impact from 21st Century Library Enhancements CIP Project to FY20 Public Libraries' Operating Budget [Administration, Outreach, and Support Services]1174390.00
Increase Cost: Retirement Adjustment327880.00
Increase Cost: SirsiDynix Contract [Collection Management]139280.00
Increase Cost: Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children [Collection Management]108000.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-58290.00
Decrease Cost: Elimination of Lease for Wheaton Interim Library [Library Services to the Public]-2154240.00
Decrease Cost: Department Wide Salary Lapse Increase [Administration, Outreach, and Support Services]-17133700.00
FY20 APPROVED42758986400.81
FY20 APPROVED3055773.20
Program Summary
Program NameFY19 APPR
Library Services to the Public28409010337.9129766111345.91
Administration, Outreach, and Support Services441362928.00292716028.00
Collection Management1003747629.601037129230.10
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY19
Correction and RehabilitationGeneral Fund1734681.701731281.70
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
FY20 Approved42759.00000042759.00000042759.00000042759.00000042759.00000042759.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Annualization of Positions Approved in FY200.000000241.000000241.000000241.000000241.000000241.000000
New positions in the FY20 budget are generally assumed to be filled after the fiscal year begins. Therefore, the above amounts reflect annualization of these positions in the outyears.
This is the increase in Libraries' contract with Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) that provides staff for book sorting services.
SirsiDynix Contract 0.0000006.0000006.0000006.0000006.0000006.000000
Maintenance contract increase for Montgomery County Public Libraries' Integrated Library System (SirsiDynix) per the contract agreement.
Labor Contracts0.000000411.000000411.000000411.000000411.000000411.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures42759.00000043424.00000043431.00000043431.00000043431.00000043431.000000
Annualization of Personnel Costs and FTEs
TitleFY20 Approved FY21 Annualized
Additional Staff to Re-open Wheaton Library2733613.502982123.50
Public Service Hours at Damascus and Long Branch Libraries2157885.004315755.00
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