A major destination not only for downtown Columbia but also for all of Howard County, the Central Branch of Howard County Library System (HCLS) is an education center featuring research, instruction, and a myriad of community and cultural events. Housing over 200,000 items in its various collections and a full slate of educational opportunities, the Central Branch welcomes over 20,000 children alone attending classes on an annual basis. Conveniently located on major thoroughfares with access to local transit, the HCLS Central Branch takes pride in offering high-quality public education for all on a daily basis. The Central Branch recorded 836,937 visits in FY 2013.
The Central Branch features 92 computers available to the public. All computers have word processing capabilities. In addition, there are two games computers in the children’s department.
Riders of Howard Transit buses can purchase unlimited-ride monthly passes and 10-ride tickets at the Howard County Central Branch customer service desk. Individual tickets are not available at the Library; they must be purchased when boarding the bus. The Library will accept cash or check (payable to Howard County Library). Student, senior and disabled riders will be asked to show identification at the time of purchase. Disabled riders may use a Metro identification card or obtain one from Corridor Transportation Corporation (301-725-4000).
Take Howard Transit Route 406/Red to the Central Branch. For more information on routes and schedules, call 1-800-270-9553.