We believe keeping customers informed is important. HCLS publications help us communicate the strategies we use to deliver quality education for all. Copies of HCLS publications are made available here for your convenience.
A major component of Howard County’s strong education system, Howard County Library System delivers high-quality public education for all through a curriculum that comprises three pillars: Self-Directed Education, Research Assistance & Instruction, and Enlightening & Instructive Experiences. The Annual Report reviews the year’s highlights as they related to each of the pillars.
- 2018 Annual Report
- 2017 Annual Report
- 2016 Annual Report
- 2015 Annual Report
- 2014 Annual Report
- 2013 Annual Report
- 2012 Annual Report
- 2011 Annual Report
Building on the successes that led to our Library of the Year Award and Five Star rankings by Library Journal, our strategic plan charts our course for the next five years, enabling us to continue delivering quality education for students of all ages in our community.
Howard County Library System’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020: view online or download as PDF
Howard County Library System’s Strategic Plan 2010-2015
Howard County Library System’s Strategic Plan 2005-2010
Howard County Library System Facilities Assessment and Master Plan: 2005 – 2030
In order to continue to prepare for the future and deliver high-quality public education for all, HCLS remains proactive about planning–including its facilities. In 2019, HCLS initiated a process to revisit and adjust the 2005-2030 Master Plan recommendations based on the evolution of original assumptions and new circumstances and opportunities that were unpredicted in the 2004 Master Plan process. Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc was commissioned to facilitate this process, which included interviews and discussions with HCLS leadership and staff as well as input from the HCLS Board and the community.
- Assessing HCLS’ current curriculum and identify future curriculum
- Studying the physical condition of existing facilities and determine the adequacy of those facilities to serve the current county population and the projected population through the year 2030
- Devising standards
- Making recommendations for all aspects of HCLS’ capital program
- Developing a program of requirements for a proposed HCLS Ellicott City Branch