Howard County Library - Central Library

10375 Little Patuxent Parkway

Located near Merriweather Post Pavilion and The Mall in Columbia, the Central Library is strategically positioned to serve the entire county. Open since January 1981, Central houses the largest and most diverse collection, with extensive business resources, in-depth job and career titles and many electronic resources. Central is staffed with specialists who are trained to work with its unique and sophisticated resources. Central is the home of the Library's Project Literacy. Materials and services are available for all ages at this hub of the Library system.

Central has 80 computers available to the public. All computers have word processing capabilities. In addition, there are two games computers in the children's department and two in the young adult area. These four do not have Internet access.

Recent News

Howard County Library System Named Top Innovator by Urban Libraries Council

Columbia, MD---The Urban Libraries Council (ULC), a membership association of leading public library systems in the U.S. and Canada, has named Howard County Library System (HCLS) a “2013 Top Innovator.” Recognized on June 28 at…

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Gale and Library Journal Name Maryland’s Howard County Library System as the 2013 Library of the Year

Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research resources for libraries, schools and businesses, and Library Journal magazine announced that Howard County Library System in Columbia, Maryland is the 2013 Library of the Year.Each…

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Howard County Library System Seeks Rube Goldberg Challenge Fan Favorite Video

Columbia, MD - Through the Rube Goldberg Challenge, Howard County fourth and fifth grade students were tasked with transforming everyday materials into a machine that squeezed an orange. Not only did the machine need to accomplish the goal, but also…

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Howard County Library System Releases Mobile Game Developed By Hitech Students

Columbia, MD---Howard County Library System (HCLS) is pleased to announce the release of an interactive mobile game created by students participating in HiTech, HCLS’ new digital media lab for teens.Focused on science, technology, engineering,…

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Public Invited to Choose Civility Symposium: Would It Kill You to be More Civil?

Columbia, MD---With the election campaign in full swing, add your voice to those of friends, neighbors, and national experts in a dialogue that explores declining civility in America in recent years in both the public arena and personal…

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HCLS Announces New Board of Trustees Members and Officers

Columbia, MD---The Howard County Library System Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Board members: Thomas K. Munns, Program Manager at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, representing County Council District 5; and Louise…

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