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Increase borrowing of library items (in millions) by 10% by 2025


FY20 Actual

FY19 Actual

Objective Description

As an educational institution, The Howard County Library System designs and develops a lifetime of learning opportunities for all ages (from birth through seniors) and backgrounds. The Library's collection spans formats (e.g., print, online), languages, reading levels, interests, and research needs.

Trend Analysis

For the last five years, HCLS has achieved the highest per capita borrowing in the state, ranging from 23 to 26 items per capita in the County and in the top 1% nationwide. During FY20, library branches closed during the last quarter of the fiscal year due to the pandemic, resulting in lower usage across the board. While materials and online classes were available throughout the first three-quarters of FY21, we anticipate usage will continue to be lower than if customers had full and direct access to the materials collection. Our goal is a modest 10 percent over the next six years.


  • Pilot innovation collections.
  • Increase access to STE(A)M materials for self-directed and collaborative learning experiences.
  • Create spaces specifically designed to enhance self-directed learning for children (from birth to 5) and their caregivers.
  • Increase partnerships with the arts and business communities for enhanced instructional opportunities.
  • Develop and implement community engagement strategy to reach new and under-sserved members of the community who may experience barriers to access.
  • Complete capital projects as outlined in updated Facilities Assessment and Master Plan.

Source: Howard County Library System

Target = 9.02

Detailed Analysis

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