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Program Description

  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 for children and adults delivered in person, over the telephone, in the stacks, and outside the walls; a Public Access Catalog for access to indices and full text materials; downloadable content and streaming services; 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 media labs, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) kits, loanable laptops; meeting rooms, and collaboration spaces for public use.

The Collection Development unit provides for the selection, acquisition, cataloging, processing, and delivery of library content and materials, including electronic resources, eBooks, eAudiobooks, and streaming services.

The Collection Development Unit is responsible for planning and inclusion of new formats and the evaluation of collections in relation to community information needs. Collections are purchased for English learners, as well as collections in World Languages.

The materials delivery service delivers new materials, customer requested items, and returned materials among MCPL branches and between several jurisdictions in the region.

The cataloging and processing unit prepares all library materials for use in the branches.

The inter-library loan service provides opportunities for Montgomery County cardholders to use materials from public library systems throughout Maryland, from out-of-state public libraries, and from academic and special libraries throughout the world.

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.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY18Actual FY19Estimated FY20Target FY21Target FY22
Number of items checked out (circulation) and materials used in a library 19,786,25010,232,3489,969,8589,551,9759,873,731
Number of public computer and Wi-Fi sessions14,366,51723,875,23930,366,74637,287,67344,208,601
Total use of library adult learning programs, services, and events 2109,716318,785333,341385,849438,357
Active library users 3N/A221,837244,390
Number of participants in early literacy programming 42,406,8232,569,3502,892,68731987243504761
1  The number of borrowed physical items and items marked "used" in a branch (i.e., left on tables and scanned in the library's system as having been consulted by a customer).
2  "Total use" comprises attendance at English conversation clubs, "business and workforce," and "computer/smart technology" programs. Online educational and vocational training resources are tabulated via metrics indicating any action performed by the user in relation to the content item. The measure is calculated by tallying component services and aggregating those numbers to represent "use." Change in methodology from FY18 to FY19.
3  Data not available prior to FY19.
4  "Early literacy services" comprise materials circulation (Go!Kits: Little Explorer, picture books, board books, "Beginning Reader" books), attendance at Storytime and "All Children Excel" programs, and "Discovery Room" bookings. The measure is calculated by tallying component services and aggregating those numbers to represent "use." To more accurately represent this category of service, the measure was restructured to support the County Executive's priority outcome on "Thriving Youth and Family."

Program Budget Changes

FY21 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY20 Approved29766111345.91
Re-align: Salary Lapse from Administration to Library Services to the Public-29839540.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.1411045642.10
FY21 Recommended40892613388.01