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Program Description

  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 manages the Human Resources and Accountability Unit, the Business Office, and three Assistant Directors.

  • The Human Resources and Accountability Management unit oversees human resources, staff development and training, Sunday and Substitute Services, planning and evaluation, data and statistics, customer accounts, circulation services, workplace competency, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) issues, recruitment and training, staff recognition, and labor/management relations.
  • The Business Office oversees preparation and management of the Department's budget, contracts and procurement, fiscal administration including Materials Management's Fiscal Unit (Drivers, Acquisition), revenue, grants, equipment management, and Council liaison.

Through interviews, focus groups, and meetings with community representatives, a strategic plan was developed which identified ways of creating vital, thriving communities to support County residents and the County Executive's core values. MCPL's strategic plan positions MCPL as a resource to build Literate, Connected, Strong and Vibrant, and Delighted communities.

  • Literate Montgomery - MCPL will provide opportunities to encourage language and life-skills literacies and lifelong learning through Early Literacy, English Language Literacy, Health Literacy, Financial Literacy, Digital Literacy, Environmental Literacy, and Lifelong Learning.
  • Connected Montgomery - MCPL will provide opportunities to encourage inclusive and engaging communities through diversity programs, civic engagement, customer reach, and collaborative spaces.
  • Strong and Vibrant Montgomery - MCPL will provide opportunities to develop, increase, and hone workforce skills that will enhance skills for gainful employment, job seekers, and business support.
  • Delighted Montgomery - MCPL will provide exceptional customer experience by supporting and training staff, and reinforcing our infrastructure through enhanced programming, inviting spaces, responsive materials processes, effective information service, 21st century technology, effective partnerships, enhancing staff skills and support, and engagement with the community.

Montgomery County Public Libraries is committed to providing state-of-the art library facilities and new models of service to encourage lifelong learning and to meet the needs of a diverse population whose needs are changing rapidly.

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.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Attendance at library programs261,299288,793319,116359,005403,881
Number of visits to the library's homepage3,543,2523,394,6323,401,4213,408,2233,415,039

Program Budget Changes

FY20 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved441362928.00
Shift: Operating Budget Impact from 21st Century Library Enhancements CIP Project to FY20 Public Libraries' Operating Budget1174390.00
Decrease Cost: Department Wide Salary Lapse Increase-17133700.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.1094620.00
FY20 Approved292716028.00