Montgomery County Library Board

The Library Board makes recommendations to the County Executive on matters affecting the public library system, such as the location of new library facilities, the adequacy of book collections, services to outlying districts, and personnel needs of Montgomery County Public Libraries.

About the Montgomery County Library Board

The Montgomery County Library Board has fourteen members appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council, this includes a member representing the School Board and a member representing Montgomery College.

Meetings are generally held on the second Wednesday of each month, except in July and August, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Consult the calendar for exact dates. Meetings take place in the library's administrative offices at 21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 310, in Rockville.

Members serve up to two 3-year terms without compensation. Three members' terms expire each fall, although sometimes positions become vacant at other times. Vacancies and application procedures are announced in county newspapers, at the libraries, on the library website, and to local organizations.

Twenty-two subcommittees of the Library Board, called Library Advisory Committees (LAC), represent each library branch and the Montgomery County Correctional Center. Library Advisory Committee membership applications can be requested at the libraries. LAC members serve up to two 3-year terms, and membership must be approved by the Library Board. Board members serve as liaisons to branch LACs, attending meetings and reporting the concerns of the LACs to the Library Board. The Accessibility Advisory Committee advices the MCPL Director and Library Board on how to increase the value of library services and programming for people with disabilities.

Library Board Bylaws

For more information, please contact Regina Holyfield-Jewett at 240-777-0016 or by email or write to Director's Office, Montgomery County Public Libraries, 21 Maryland Avenue, Suite 310, Rockville, Maryland 20850.

Board Members

Board Member Term Number Term End Date Liaison
Mr. Jess Bravin Partial 2023 Aspen Hill
Ms. Wilma Brier 1st 2025 Long Branch
Marilyn Praisner
Ms. Andrea Christman N/A N/A School Board Representative
Ms. Adaobi Ezeadum Partial 2023 Gaithersburg
Ms. Holly Fiery 1st 2025 Damascus
Maggie Nightingale
Ms. Janice Levine 1st 2024 Germantown
Quince Orchard
Mr. Timothy Lighter CHAIR 1st 2023 Accessibility Advisory Committee
Olney
Ms. Grace Manubay VICE CHAIR 1st 2024 Kensington Park
Wheaton
Mr. James Montgomery Partial 2023 Connie Morella
Potomac
Mr. Vikram Pant Partial 2023 Brigadier General Charles E. McGee
White Oak
Ms. Marilyn Schiff 1st 2024 Chevy Chase
Davis
Ms. Suzette Spencer NA NA Montgomery College Representative
Ms. Carla Vale Partial 2024 Little Falls
Noyes
Ms. Candice Will 1st 2025 Rockville Memorial
Twinbrook

Agendas, Minutes, Presentations

Agendas

2024: February, January

2023: December, November, October, September, July, June, May, April, March, February, January

2022: December, November, October, September, July, June, May, April, February, January

2021: December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

2020: December, November, October, September, July, May, March, February

2019: December, October, July, June, May, April, March, February

Minutes

2023: December, November, September, July, June, May, April, March, February

2022: December, October, July, June, May, April, March, February

2021: December, October, September, May, April, March

2020: December, October, September, July, June, May, March, February

2019: December, October, September, June, April, March, February

2018: December, September, July, June, May, April, March, February

2017: December, October, September, July, June, May, April, March, February

2016: December, October, September, July, May, April, March, February

2015: December, October, September, July, June, May, April, March, February

Board Manual

2024: MCLB Manual

Position Papers & Joint Letters

2022: Joint Letter to County Executive Elrich (DRAFT)
2022: Joint Position Paper

Presentations

2021: From Covid to Recovery

Library Press Releases

Library Press Releases

Library Advisory Committees

General Information

About the Library Advisory Committees

Library Advisory Committees (LAC) are subcommittees of the Montgomery County Library Board (MCLB). The role of the LACs:

  • Advise the Montgomery County Library Board (MCLB) of specific findings, issues, problems and concerns related to their local libraries and make recommendations to the Board on public library related matters, following the appropriate channels of communication;
  • Provide the branch managers with input on behalf of the Library Board;
  • Facilitate communication between Library Board, LAC members, and their local communities;
  • Obtain the advice and views of their local communities on library needs and report these views to the Library Board;
  • Participate in providing government officials with advice and counsel about libraries via the Library Board, and in support of positions taken by the Library Board, may testify before County Council and/or appear at Council hearings;
  • Recruit new LAC members;
  • Represent the users of their local libraries at community functions such as meetings, fairs, celebrations, etc.; and
  • Suggest and recommend programs to the branch managers.

MCPL Board and LAC Meeting Calendar