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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 or attending school 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, 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, wireless hotspots; and 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.

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.

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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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Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY19Actual FY20Estimated FY21Target FY22Target FY23
Number of items checked out (circulation) and materials used in a library 111,383,0488,386,9228,618,2669,982,85511,553,793
Number of public computer and Wi-Fi sessions 223,875,23913,301,1536,517,56512,774,42823,397,735
Total use of library adult learning programs, services, and events 3318,785415,272614,602909,6101,346,222
Active library users 4221,837199,265246,690259,816273,142
Number of participants in early literacy programming 585,86590,81294,44498,221102,149
Library electronic database usage 61,383,6191,906,5892,306,9722,791,4363,377,637
1  The number of borrowed physical and digital 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). FY20 aggregate data reflects July 1, 2019 through March 15, 2020 for checkouts and items marked “used” in branches; and July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 for renewals. Projections assume re-opening of facilities to the public, as ordered and implemented with phased guidelines from the offices of the Governor of Maryland and the Montgomery County Executive.
2  Numbers represent aggregate sessions. Public computer use represents July 1, 2019 through March 15, 2020; WiFi sessions represent July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Projections assume re-opening of facilities to the public, as ordered and implemented with phased guidelines from the offices of the Governor of Maryland and the Montgomery County Executive.
3  “Total use” comprises attendance at English conversation clubs, “business and workforce” and “computer/smart technology” programs, as well as online learning platforms.
4  “Active user” is a registered MCPL borrower who has used their library card at least once within the 12 month period from current date of data search. These users are associated with a Montgomery County Zip code.
5  “Early Literacy Programming” comprises the number of attendees at Storytimes.
6  Numbers represent “any action performed by the user in relation to a content item.”
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Program Budget Changes

FY22 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY21 Approved40443582380.51
Increase Cost: Mid-Year Position Reclassification from Part-Time Library Aide to Full-Time Supply Technician277600.55
Eliminate: Interjurisdictional Grant-54905-1.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.-2321270.00
FY22 Approved40184310380.06