The Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) opens the door to discovery and diversion for all County residents regardless of age, education, race, income level or interest. Its collection of nearly one million items, including books in a variety of formats, periodicals, DVDs and CDs, is supplemented by a host of web-based resources, programs, services and helpful staff.
From encouraging early literacy and school readiness to bridging the summer learning gap and providing in-branch and online homework assistance, the Library is key partner in the county’s primary and secondary education efforts. AACPL also offers workforce enhancements such as college test prep and internationally recognized job search guidance, and ensures that all county residents will have the necessary skills and access to the computer equipment, connectivity and research materials necessary to be successful in higher education, in a career and as a lifelong learner.
The Library provides an outlet for enrichment and entertainment through literature, music and film, as well as in-branch programming for nearly every age and interest. Book Clubs, story times, genealogy workshops, concerts, family game nights and holiday celebrations are just a sampling of the offerings available throughout the AACPL system. Many resources are also available online for use from home or office, including authoritative databases, magazines and newspapers, downloadable audio and eBooks and live reference assistance. AACPL also makes many of its programs, materials and services accessible to the homebound and/or physically handicapped.
In addition, Library buildings serve as community gathering places and meeting sites for groups, organizations and county agencies. Library facilities also provide safe havens for youth and the elderly and can assist residents in extreme weather – as cooling centers, places of protection from the cold or providers of electricity and connectivity during electrical outages.
AACPL is a significant employer in Anne Arundel County, providing part- or full-time work for more than 300 individuals, many of whom are County residents themselves. The bulk of the funding for AACPL comes from Anne Arundel County, with contributions from the state and self-generated funds. Nearly half of all County residents are active AACPL cardholders, making the Anne Arundel County Public Library a wise and worthwhile investment of County tax dollars.
The Library is currently in the process of crafting a strategic plan for the next three to five years as well as beginning the work of building a state-of-the-art facility in the City of Annapolis. Find out more about AACPL by perusing this site, visiting one of the 15 branch libraries or by calling 410.222.7371.
"There is not such a cradle of democracy on earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration."
–Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)
Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist