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Program Description

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

The Assistant Director team oversees and supports the day-to-day operations of MCPL's branches.

  • The Assistant Director for Collection and Technology oversees four branches, the Collection Management and Inter-Library Loan divisions, the Digital Strategies unit, the Technology Management unit, the Deaf Culture Digital Library, social media, digital media labs, and special projects.

  • The Assistant Director for Facilities and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) oversees nine branches, ADA compliance, refresh project coordination, facilities maintenance, workplace safety, continuity of operations, and is liaison to the Department of General Services.

  • The Assistant Director for Outreach and Programs oversees nine branches, workforce development, early literacy, marketing and branding, outreach, policies and procedures, partnership programs, after-school programs, Summer Read and Learn events, and program funding.

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
Number of items checked out (circulation) and materials used in a library11,218,95510,010,9639,820,7559,830,57610,027,188
Number of library visits4,621,2744,523,1334,550,2724,668,5794,789,962
Information questions answered2,069,5582,701,4423,425,4284,343,4425,507,484
Total hours of rooms booked146,442135,514147,710161,003175,439

Program Budget Changes

FY20 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved28409010337.91
Enhance: Public Service Hours at Damascus and Long Branch Libraries2157885.00
Add: Staff to Re-open Wheaton Library Offset by Lapse Adjustment Based Upon Experience03.50
Decrease Cost: Elimination of Lease for Wheaton Interim Library-2154240.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.1356737-0.50
FY20 Approved29766111345.91

Notes: Reallocation of staff from Library Services to the Public to Collection Management.