Join the “Friends”

Friends Make It Happen

Love the Library? Join the Friends!

Don’t just use the Library, be a part of it. 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. Different membership levels offer different benefits and opportunities for recognition.

Whether you’re an individual who wants to support HCLS’ 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!

Why Join the Friends?

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. Friends of Howard County Library System supports the three pillars of HCLS’ educational mission – Self-Directed Education, Research Assistance & Instruction, and Instructive & Enlightening Experiences – through powerful advocacy and financial support.

Special thanks to our Corporate Members:

  • Columbia Film Society
  • M&T Bank

About Memberships

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

BY PHONE: Call Rita Hamlet, Development Specialist, at 410.313.7799.

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

Contact Friends of HCLS

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
9411 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Friends of HCLS Board of Directors

Phillip Dodge, Chair
National Center for Healthy Housing

Tara Hart, Vice Chair
Howard Community College / HoCoPoLitSo

Ellen Flynn Giles, Treasurer
Howard County Board of Education

Kristi Simon, Secretary
Howard County Chamber of Commerce

Carmel Roques
Keswick Multi-Care Center

Duane St. Clair
St. Clair Consulting

Mickey Gomez

David Yungmann
ReMax Advantage Realty

For more information, call 410-313-7750.