About the Howard County Library System Board of Trustees
A major component of Howard County’s strong education system and a nationally recognized leader among the great public libraries, Howard County Library System (HCLS) is an allied County agency governed by a seven-member policy-setting Board of Trustees.
Trustees, who serve in a voluntary capacity, are appointed to five-year terms, and may be reappointed for a consecutive term. The seven Trustee positions comprise two at large positions, with five typically representing County Council Districts.
As openings occur, the HCLS Board nominates candidates to the County Executive, who appoints Trustees subject to County Council approval. Officers of the HCLS Board are the Chair, Vice Chair, and Treasurer. HCLS’s President and CEO serves as Secretary.
Powers and duties of the Board include establishing and reviewing policies, approving budgets, and ensuring that Howard County Library fulfills its mission of delivering high-quality public education for all ages, driving economic advancement and enhancing quality of life. HCLS’s educational mission and curriculum comprises three pillars:
While HCLS Board Meetings are scheduled on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 pm, they are generally held five times per year. Meeting locations rotate among the system’s six branches.