Howard County Library System
Love the Library?  Join the Friends!

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Don’t just use the Library, be a part of it. The Friends of Howard County Library System is a nonprofit organization that supports Howard County Library System (HCLS) in its mission to deliver high quality education for all ages.

To provide this support to the Library, the Friends of HCLS Board of Directors ask that you consider joining the Friends as a member. There are different membership levels, and each level offers different benefits and opportunities for recognition.

Whether you’re an individual who wants to support HCLS's educational initiatives, a family that wants to be up-to-date on the Library’s special activities, or a corporation that’s interested in making a philanthropic impact to education in Howard County - there’s a membership level that’s right for you!

Members make a difference. As a member, you’re supporting meaningful educational opportunities that HCLS would not otherwise be able to offer.  This innovative curriculum contributes to our top national ranking. The Friends of Howard County Library System supports the three pillars of HCLS's educational mission - Self-Directed Education, Research Assistance & Instruction, and Instructive & Enlightening Experiences through powerful advocacy and financial support.

Special thanks to our Corporate Members:
  • M&T Bank
  • Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine

About Memberships

Friends Make It Happen
Memberships are charitable donations to the 501(c)3 Friends, and are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. To join the Friends, or to renew your membership, you have several options:

ONLINE: Join Now.

: Call Rita Hamlet, Development Specialist, at 410.313.7799.

BY MAIL: Print out and send in a membership form with your check.

Contact The Friends

If you have questions about the Friends or if you would like more information about membership, please contact Rita Hamlet
Development Specialist, at 410-313-7799.

Friends of Howard County Library System
6600 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

2013-2014 Board Officers
Joseph Murray, Chair
Community Member, Retired, Ascend One Corporation

Phillip Dodge, Vice Chair
National Center for Healthy Housing

Ellen Flynn Giles, Treasurer
Howard County Board of Education

Kristi Simon, Secretary
Howard County Chamber of Commerce

Board Members
Louise Riemer, Community Member
Tara Hart, Howard Community College & HoCoPoLitSo
Carmel Roques, Keswick Multi-Care Center
Duane St. Clair, St. Clair Consulting
Mickey Gomez,  Volunteer Center Serving Howard County

For more information, call 410-313-7750.

OTHER WAYS TO GIVE Learn more here.