Community Education

Gale Courses

More than 300 six-week career education courses, now online, including:

  • Courses to support business professionals, such as business law, human resources, management, manufacturing, and marketing.
  • Computer and technology courses that suit skill levels from beginner to advanced.
  • Courses in parenting, the arts, hobbies.
  • A multitude of health and wellness offerings.
See the Course Catalog

Come Together

  • Find out what services are available for non-Library book clubs.
  • Howard County Library System branches are in beautiful cherry-blossom bloom each spring, thanks to Howard County Tourism’s Blossoms of Hope project.
  • Visit the Farmers’ Markets at the Miller and East Columbia branches on Wednesday and Thursdays.
  • The Howard County Book Connection, a joint initiative between HCLS and Howard Community College, seeks to connect our community through shared learning experiences that promote productive dialogue, critical thinking, and intellectual enrichment.
  • Learn about the Library’s A+ Partners in Education initiative with the Howard County Public School System and Howard Community College.

For a Healthy Community

  • Get Well and Wise with a new health education partnership led by Howard County Library System and Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
  • Read about Choose Civility, a countywide initiative involving nearly 100 Alliance Partners working together to enhance the quality of life and emphasize the importance of civility for all who live and work in Howard County.
  • Check out the Library’s Financial Literacy resources and information about Foundations and Grants.
  • Find information about numerous health-related topics in the Library’s Health Education Center.
  • Adjacent to the new Miller Branch, the Enchanted Garden is a sustainable, community-based teaching garden that focuses on health, nutrition, and environmental education.

Get Involved

    • Volunteers play an integral role by providing valuable services to assist both the staff and the public.
    • Friends of Howard County Library is a nonprofit advocacy group that supports Howard County Library System in its mission to deliver high-quality public education for all ages.
    • Tell your personal history or help collect the shared memory of our county by participating in This Is Your Life.

Adult Basic Education and Instruction for New Americans

Special Services

  • Howard County Library System’s East Columbia Branch accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.

Community Partners