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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 FY19 Operating Budget for the Department of Public Libraries is $42,860,115, an increase of $134,962 or 0.32 percent from the FY18 Approved Budget of $42,725,153. Personnel Costs comprise 79.62 percent of the budget for 222 full-time position(s) and 213 part-time position(s), and a total of 395.51 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 20.38 percent of the FY19 budget.

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

Linkage to County Result Areas

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

  • Children Prepared to Live and Learn
  • Healthy and Sustainable Neighborhoods
  • A Responsive, Accountable County Government
  • Strong and Vibrant Economy
  • Vital Living for All of Our Residents


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 FY18 estimates reflect funding based on the FY18 approved budget. The FY19 and FY20 figures are performance targets based on the FY19 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY20.

Total use of library services (number of services provided) 126,972,21226,546,38827,896,33929,383,42330,865,545
Average annual use of library services for children, for each child under 5 in the County 241.551.758.967.176.5
Total use of library adult learning programs, services, and events 3168,452179,512202,428228,381257,786
Average cost per total library usage 4$1.63$1.57$1.52$1.47$1.43
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 use 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 new 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.
4  This measure shows the total use of library services in relation to MCPL's budget.


  • Awarded 2017 Top Innovator Honorable Mention Award from the Urban Libraries Council for Workforce Development Programs.
  • Awarded 2017 NACo Achievement Awards for:
    • What Do I Check Out Next? - Online Readers' Advisory Services;
    • Building Community Bridges During Crisis - Flower Branch Apartment Explosion Response;
    • Connecting Communities through Social Media; and
    • One Student, One School & One Library Card at a Time - Library Link partnership with MCPS.
  • Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read grant for Montgomery County.
  • First students graduated from Career Online High School, online high school diploma program.
  • In Early Literacy and Children's Services, Montgomery County Public Libraries:
    • completed distribution of library cards to all students at 133 Elementary Schools;
    • hired an Early Literacy and Children's Services Program Manager;
    • held area-wide Diversity in Children's Literature Symposium;
    • implemented revised and improved Go! Kits to branches;
    • introduced STEM learning activity crates for programming;
    • trained library staff on digital media;
    • expanded Early Literacy Center at the Silver Spring Library; and
    • established the Jan Jablonski Early Literacy Training Center.
  • Hosted Contemporary Conversations speakers series throughout Montgomery County.
  • Completed facility refresh project at Davis Library.
  • Seniors learned to digitally connect to friends and family at MCPL's Social Media classes.
  • Teens honed writing skills by attending Teen Writers, Poetry, and Book Club library programs across the County.
  • MCPL events connected entrepreneurs to experts to expand their businesses.
  • Thousands of residents developed new skills at Library programs of interest to seniors, such as job fairs, health care and computer events.



  • Sponsor the Big Read literature event in Montgomery County in Spring 2018.

  • Implement 1,000 Books before Kindergarten Reading Program in March 2018.
  • Hosted FY18 MoComCon comic convention in January 2018.
  • Hold MCPL Expeditions, Virtual Reality programs.
  • Sponsor Job Clinics with WorkSource Montgomery.
  • Offer Streaming Video Services.
  • Offer Online Classes in Business, Software, and Technology.
  • Implement Program to Lend WiFi Hotspots and Laptop Computers for Home Usage.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Made bilingual (Spanish/English) Early Literacy tablets available to children in 12 library branches and English only Early Literacy tablets available in 4 branches. After School Edge tablets for elementary school-aged children are available in 11 branches.

  • Working with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to make Chromebooks available to allow children and their parents in all branches to familiarize themselves with the technology they will be using in the MCPS classroom. MCPL and MCPS share information and assist with training.


Collaboration and Partnerships

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 are provided for older adults in English and Spanish at several libraries. Residents are provided with Makerspace and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) programming that inspires and fosters innovative thinking.


Department of Technology Services, Non-Profits

Educational Literacy

Educational classes such as English as a Second Language (ESL), citizenship classes, English conversation clubs, and tutoring spaces are offered 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

Strong and Vibrant Montgomery

Workforce development programs targeting job seekers will include workshops on job search strategies, resume writing, applying for jobs with Montgomery County, and career resources for skilled immigrants; classes in English and Spanish for entrepreneurs and small business owners on starting a business, business finance basics, social media for small businesses, and building a website for small business; and an online high school diploma program.


Office of Human Resources

Connected Communities

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


Montgomery County Public Schools, Non-Profits


Program Descriptions

  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...

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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 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.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages21999436.0023888404.00 23406644.00 23793826.00-0.4
Employee Benefits9443124.0010224666.00 9650650.00 10118938.00-1.0
County General Fund Personnel Costs31442560.0034113070.00 33057294.00 33912764.00-0.6
Operating Expenses8305209.008324506.00 8403767.00 8641774.003.8
County General Fund Expenditures39747769.0042437576.00 41461061.00 42554538.000.3
Full-Time215.00220.00 220.00 220.000.0
Part-Time209.00212.00 212.00 213.000.5
FTEs385.56392.06 392.06 392.310.1
Library Fees18957.0020000.00 20000.00 20000.000.0
Library Fines868481.001000000.00 870000.00 870000.00-13.0
Miscellaneous Revenues296264.00240000.00 280000.00 280000.0016.7
Other Fines/Forfeitures0.0010000.00 10000.00 0.00-100.0
Other Intergovernmental0.0020000.00 20000.00 0.00-100.0
Parking Fees78058.000.00 0.00 80000.000.0
State Reimbursement: Library Operations3017175.003120000.00 3120000.00 3236000.003.7
State Reimbursement: Library Staff Retirement3161233.003132000.00 3132000.00 3194819.002.0
County General Fund Revenues7440168.007542000.00 7452000.00 7680819.001.8
Salaries and Wages40274.00169671.00 169671.00 171263.000.9
Employee Benefits14631.0041393.00 41393.00 42764.003.3
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs54905.00211064.00 211064.00 214027.001.4
Operating Expenses44067.0076513.00 76513.00 91550.0019.7
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures98972.00287577.00 287577.00 305577.006.3
Full-Time0.002.00 2.00 2.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs1.003.20 3.20 3.200.0
Federal Grants25970.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants66907.00287577.00 287577.00 305577.006.3
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues92877.00287577.00 287577.00 305577.006.3
Total Expenditures39846741.0042725153.00 41748638.00 42860115.000.3
Total Full-Time Positions215.00222.00 222.00 222.000.0
Total Part-Time Positions209.00212.00 212.00 213.000.5
Total FTEs386.56395.26 395.26 395.510.1
Total Revenues7533045.007829577.00 7739577.00 7986396.002.0
FY19 Approved Changes
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY19 Compensation Adjustment11100320.00
Increase Cost: Extension of Lease for Wheaton Interim Library [Library Services to the Public]2154240.00
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY18 Lapsed Positions [Library Services to the Public]1313670.00
Increase Cost: Library Operations Expense [Library Services to the Public]950000.00
Increase Cost: Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children (CSAAC) Contract for Book Sorting Services [Collection Management]140900.00
Increase Cost: SirsiDynix Contract for Integrated Library System [Collection Management]57400.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail [Administration, Outreach, and Support Services]15550.00
Technical Adj: Office Services Coordinator Position [Collection Management]00.25
Decrease Cost: Library of Things [Collection Management]-61400.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment [Administration, Outreach, and Support Services]-84010.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-1850630.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY18 Personnel Costs-3137530.00
Decrease Cost: Salary Lapse Increase [Library Services to the Public]-3393070.00
Decrease Cost: Turnover Savings [Library Services to the Public]-6035820.00
FY19 APPROVED42554538392.31
Federal/State Programs
Add: Staff Development Grant180000.00
FY19 APPROVED3055773.20
Program Summary
Program NameFY18 APPR
Library Services to the Public28765174339.9128409010337.91
Administration, Outreach, and Support Services411122827.00441362928.00
Collection Management984875128.351003747629.60
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY18
Correction and RehabilitationGeneral Fund1693251.701734681.70
Future Fiscal Impacts ($000s)
FY19 Approved42555.00000042555.00000042555.00000042555.00000042555.00000042555.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Elimination of Lease for Wheaton Interim Library0.000000-215.000000-215.000000-215.000000-215.000000-215.000000
The current Wheaton Interim Library lease expires at the end of FY18. The Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center is expected to re-open in FY20, so the lease was extended through the end of FY19 in Libraries' FY19 operating budget. This eliminates the lease cost in FY20 and beyond.
SirsiDynix Contract 0.0000006.00000012.00000018.00000024.00000024.000000
Annual maintenance contract increase for Montgomery County Public Libraries' Integrated Library System (SirsiDynix) per the contract agreement.
Labor Contracts0.000000478.000000478.000000478.000000478.000000478.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures42555.00000042824.00000042830.00000042836.00000042842.00000042842.000000
Additional Documentation


MCPL Express @ Mid-County Recreation Center will provide materials for checkout, a book return, and holds service. See http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/library for a full listing of Library Hours and Holidays, Services, and Policies.