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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.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY23 Operating Budget for the Department of Public Libraries is $45,884,221, an increase of $3,178,614 or 7.44 percent from the FY22 Approved Budget of $42,705,607. Personnel Costs comprise 79.13 percent of the budget for 233 full-time position(s) and 207 part-time position(s), and a total of 403.60 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 20.87 percent of the FY23 budget.

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

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • Thriving Youth and Families
  • A Growing Economy
  • A Greener County
  • Effective, Sustainable Government

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Program 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 FY22 estimates reflect funding based on the FY22 approved budget. The FY23 and FY24 figures are performance targets based on the FY23 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY24.

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Initiatives

  • Reduce Montgomery County Public Library's lapse budget by $1,500,000 which will enable the Department to recruit more librarians and other support staff and improve customer service.
  • Increase Montgomery County Public Library's collections budget by $900,000 to reduce wait times for eBooks.
  • Equalized library public service hours across all locations and expanded Sunday service hours to eight hours systemwide.
  • Partnered with Health and Human Services, Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Department of General Services, and the County Executive's Office to distribute over 800,000 COVID rapid test kits and over 1 million N95 masks to the public from 19 library branch locations.
  • Awarded $8 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Emergency Connectivity Funds, in partnership with Technology and Enterprise Business Solutions, to provide 20,000 laptop computers to County residents who lack access to an internet connected device.
  • Awarded $100,000 from the Maryland State Library through ARPA funds to purchase an outreach van that will allow the Department to bring resources and services to under-served communities.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Increased the distribution of marketing messages from 5,468 subscribers to more than 285,000 using the new OrangeBoy Savannah Community Engagement platform beginning November 2021.
  • Enhanced the monthly "Check Us Out" eNewsletter with personal video message from the Director.
  • Implemented a new model for recruitment and selection within the Department to streamline the process.
  • Launched Strategic Plan process in partnership with the County Executive's Innovation Team.
  • Partnering with Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Friends of the Library Montgomery County to launch a more relevant Summer Reading program in 2022 that will help children understand and support the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Activated outdoor space at the Long Branch Library to respond to community needs.
  • The Department developed a wide range of virtual programs for all ages.
  • Purchased equipment to support outdoor programming.

Program Descriptions

  Administration

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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  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...

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  Workforce and Business Development

Montgomery County Public Libraries has a special emphasis on developing and supporting workforce and business development in the County. The area of the Department's service falls under the Assistant Director for Programs and Outreach and is headed by a full-time Program Specialist for Workforce and Business Development.Within this program MCPL:...

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Budget Trends
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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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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY21
Budget
FY22
Estimate
FY22
Recommended
FY23
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages21613946.0024954726.00 23926518.00 27054880.008.4
Employee Benefits8273176.008966994.00 8444545.00 9043476.000.9
County General Fund Personnel Costs29887122.0033921720.00 32371063.00 36098356.006.4
Operating Expenses8014189.008530887.00 8530887.00 9520265.0011.6
County General Fund Expenditures37901311.0042452607.00 40901950.00 45618621.007.5
PERSONNEL
Full-Time231.00232.00 232.00 231.00-0.4
Part-Time209.00208.00 208.00 207.00-0.5
FTEs401.31401.86 401.86 401.40-0.1
REVENUES
Library Fees118.0019000.00 400.00 400.00-97.9
Library Fines26741.0046000.00 90000.00 90000.0095.7
Miscellaneous Revenues-25529.00292500.00 145000.00 145000.00-50.4
Parking Fees18692.0060000.00 35000.00 35000.00-41.7
State Reimbursement: Library Operations3458735.003509000.00 3509300.00 3632000.003.5
State Reimbursement: Library Staff Retirement1830663.002120000.00 2120000.00 2120000.000.0
County General Fund Revenues5309420.006046500.00 5899700.00 6022400.00-0.4
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages686938.00147312.00 147312.00 163048.0010.7
Employee Benefits21418.0044764.00 44764.00 48445.008.2
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs708356.00192076.00 192076.00 211493.0010.1
Operating Expenses407180.0060924.00 60924.00 54107.00-11.2
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures1115536.00253000.00 253000.00 265600.005.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time2.002.00 2.00 2.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs3.202.20 2.20 2.200.0
REVENUES
Federal Grants970179.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
State Grants132688.00253000.00 253000.00 265600.005.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues1102867.00253000.00 253000.00 265600.005.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures39016847.0042705607.00 41154950.00 45884221.007.4
Total Full-Time Positions233.00234.00 234.00 233.00-0.4
Total Part-Time Positions209.00208.00 208.00 207.00-0.5
Total FTEs404.51404.06 404.06 403.60-0.1
Total Revenues6412287.006299500.00 6152700.00 6288000.00-0.2
FY23 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION42452607401.86
Changes (with service impacts)
Enhance: Funding to Recruit Currently Unfunded Vacant Positions to Improve Customer Service [Library Services to the Public]14797510.00
Enhance: Collections Budget to Reduce Wait Times for eBooks [Library Services to the Public]9000000.00
Enhance: Increase Full-Time Equivalents for Library Technicians in Collection Management Unit [Library Services to the Public]633321.04
Enhance: Funding to Recruit Currently Unfunded Vacant Positions to Improve Customer Service [Administration]202490.00
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Annualization of FY22 Compensation Increases7479060.00
Increase Cost: FY23 Compensation Adjustment7374810.00
Increase Cost: Mid-Year Creation of Full-Time Administrative Specialist III Position [Administration]987341.00
Shift: Annual Costs for Software License Renewals and Maintenance Agreements from FY23 Capital Improvements Program to FY23 Operating Budget [Library Services to the Public]931500.00
Increase Cost: Shift Differential [Library Services to the Public]815000.00
Increase Cost: Six Percent Inflationary Increase for Nonprofit Contract [Administration]84600.00
Increase Cost: Printing and Mail Adjustment60700.00
Decrease Cost: Motor Pool Adjustment-183020.00
Decrease Cost: Abolish Two Vacant Information Technician III Positions and Create one Information Technology Specialist III Position [Library Services to the Public]-56373-1.00
Decrease Cost: Abolish Two Vacant Positions - One Part-Time Office Clerk and One Full-Time Supply Technician [Library Services to the Public]-97928-1.50
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY22 Personnel Costs-2837960.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-6142200.00
FY23 RECOMMENDED45618621401.40
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
FY22 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION2530002.20
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: Increase Library Staff Development Grant to FY22 Approved Amount [Library Services to the Public]126000.00
FY23 RECOMMENDED2656002.20
Program Summary
Program NameFY22 APPR
Expenditures
FY22 APPR
FTEs
FY23 REC
Expenditures
FY23 REC
FTEs
Administration234396223.00200592222.00
Library Services to the Public40184310380.0643696755380.60
Workforce and Business Development1773351.001815441.00
Total42705607404.0645884221403.60
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY22
Total$
FY22
FTES
FY23
Total$
FY23
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
Correction and RehabilitationGeneral Fund2223761.702268001.70
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY23FY24FY25FY26FY27FY28
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY23 Recommended45619.00000045619.00000045619.00000045619.00000045619.00000045619.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.0000001762.0000001762.0000001762.0000001762.0000001762.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures45619.00000047381.00000047381.00000047381.00000047381.00000047381.000000
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