About Southern Maryland Regional Library Association, Inc.
Who We Are
Southern Maryland Regional Library Association, Inc. is a regional resource center for the public libraries in Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. It was formed in 1959 to provide additional services to the citizens of rural Maryland through their local county libraries. It is part of a statewide resource network of three regional centers, working in collaboration with the State Library Resource Center, to provide efficient, economical and coordinated library services county libraries cannot adequately provide themselves.
The regional library is governed by a board of trustees composed of three members from Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. These members are selected by the Board of Trustees for Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. One member from each county may also be a community member who is not a member of the Board of Trustees for their county library system. Board members serve a three-year term and officers are elected annually to serve a one-year term. To find out more about our board and when they meet, please visit our Governance page.
Although the primary source of support is state funds administered by the Maryland State Library Agency, the regional library also receives special federal grants.
As part of the State Library Network, the regional library is charged with the following responsibilities under §23-202:
- Making interlibrary loans of books and materials
- Supplying collections and exhibits of specialized materials
- Providing consultant services
- Organizing in-service training for library staffs
- Developing and operating cooperative services among libraries
The Southern Maryland Regional Library Association (SMRLA) board of trustees has adopted a six-year strategic plan to help the organization sustain forward momentum, anticipate challenges and seize opportunities.
The plan covers fiscal years 2021 through 2026. To develop the plan, SMRLA considered stakeholder research, best professional practices and the insights of its board of trustees members.
Advancing Library Excellence
The citizens of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties will have equal access to information through the efficient, economic and effective sharing of resources among public libraries and all types of information agencies.
- Model excellence in institutional governance.
- Optimize operational effectiveness and sustainability.
- Ensure the highest quality technical, training, resource-sharing and research services to the public libraries of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties.
- Collaborate with partner libraries to grow their technology, collections and governance capacity.
- Leverage the collective talents and energies of partner libraries to advance literacy, access to information and entertainment, and academic achievement in SMRLA’s service area.