Howard Libraries

March 19, 2006


County Library

Central Library -- 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. 410-313-7800.

East Columbia branch -- 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. 410-313-7700.

Elkridge branch -- 6540 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. 410-313-5077.

Glenwood branch -- 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. 410-313-5577.

Miller branch -- 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City. 410-313-1950.

Savage branch -- 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel. 410-880-5979.


Borrowing library materials -- Howard County library cards entitle cardholders to borrow up to 30 items at a time. Borrowing is limited in some categories.

Borrowing from Maryland public libraries -- Howard County library cards may be used to borrow materials from any public library in Maryland.

Library card applications -- People who live, work or attend school in Howard County are eligible to apply at any library for a library card. The library imposes no age requirement, but an identification card showing name and address is needed. A parent's signature is required for applicants younger than age 13.

Library collections -- In addition to books, libraries lend audiocassettes, compact discs, toys and videotapes. Contact a library branch. The library announced that Hennen's American Public Library Ratings for 2005 ranked it first in the nation among public libraries in its category (population 250,000). The ranking appeared in the October issue of American Libraries. It is based on 15 measures, including visits, circulation, staffing, materials, reference service and funding levels, the Howard library said.

Ag library

References and videos -- cover horse, livestock and small-animal management, livestock judging, home gardening, nutrition and youth development. Information: 410-313-2707.

HCC library

The library at Howard Community College -- is open to county residents. The library maintains about 45,000 books. Hours and policies: 410-772-4922 or on the Web at

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