About Us

Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (FOLMC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) and promotes lifelong learning in Montgomery County, MD. FOLMC provides supplemental funding, programs, and materials and equipment to MCPL to augment public funding. As an independent nonprofit, FOLMC has operated for 35 years without relying on government funding; it is not part of Montgomery County Government or MCPL.

Our Story

In 1982, a group of concerned citizens in Montgomery County formed FOLMC with the encouragement and approval of MCPL and the Montgomery County Library Board. The new organization’s goal was to make their good library system great, and FOLMC was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) a year later. Since its founding, FOLMC has grown to be the parent organization of seventeen volunteer chapters at library branches across Montgomery County. The organization also operates two used bookstores in Rockville and Silver Spring, MD.

Mission

Our mission is to strengthen, promote, and champion our public library system, as it responds to the changing needs of our diverse communities.

Vision

Friends of the Library, Montgomery County will be a model of strong collaboration that engages the community to provide dynamic and innovative support for the public library system.

Values

Education – we facilitate awareness of public library resources for everyone

Innovation – we embrace change and evolution of libraries

Service – we give back to our community

Integrity – we act as stewards of public trust

Advocacy – we are champions for our library system