Howard County Library System
Welcome to the very best in education, 21st century style!

Valerie J. Gross
At Howard County Library System, we aim to delight you with extraordinary customer service – whether in person, by telephone, or online.  An academic and business-oriented team that is second to none, we are here for you.

A major component of Howard County's strong education system, Howard County Library System (HCLS) delivers high-quality public education for all ages. A nationally recognized leader among the great public libraries, we take great pride that HCLS has been named the best library system in North America from the continent's 21,000 public and academic library systems (2013 Library of the Year, Gale/Library Journal).

We invite you to peruse our web site for all three pillars of our unparalleled curriculum:

I. Self-Directed Education: Find books and materials in all formats from a collection of one million items housed at our six branches, and a vast array of e-resources - all made conveniently available to you by our experts.

II. Research Assistance & Instruction: Benefit from personalized research assistance with an Instructor & Research Specialist; sign up for our exceptional line-up of classes, seminars, and workshops for infants, toddlers, children, teens, and adults taught by HCLS instructors; enroll in HiTech, our STEM digital media initiative for teens that won the Urban Library Council's 2013 Top Innovator award in the Education category; and learn about our adult basic education initiative, HCLS Project Literacy, where instructors and volunteer tutors have taught English, basic math, and life skills to 6,500 students from 33 countries. As part of Cultural Connections, we also process passport applications at our East Columbia Branch - and soon, at our Glenwood Branch.

III. Instructive & Enlightening Experiences: Discover our community partnerships, including A+ Partners in Education, Choose Civility, and Well & Wise, as well as our many signature events, such as the HCLS Spelling Bee, BumbleBee, Battle of the Books, DEAR (Dogs Educating and Assisting Readers), HCLS Rube Goldberg Challenge, Summer Reading Kickoff, HiTech Expo, best-selling author events, and Evening in the Stacks.

In addition, our web site connects you with our staff and Board of Trustees, as well as volunteer opportunities, donation options, and the Friends of HCLS. We love hearing from you, so please feel free to provide us with feedback. We want to know what you like and what you would like.

It is our hope that you will drop by frequently, both in person and online. One way or another, we look forward to your visit!

Valerie J. Gross
President & CEO

April 2015