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December 4, 2023


Andrea Castillo

(301) 699-3500 x6158

Library Board of Trustees seeking new members

Largo, Maryland – The Prince George’s County Board of Library Trustees is looking for new members to join its governing board in 2024 and play a vital role in guiding a diverse and innovative award-winning urban library system that serves more than 967,000 residents. 
The Library Board, the seven-member policy-making body that guides the development of library services for Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), hires and evaluates the Library’s chief executive officer, sets systemwide priorities, oversees library resources to make sure they are used effectively toward achieving systemwide goals, reviews and approves policies, serves as a representative for the Library at community events, and advocates for the system among members of the public and policymakers. 

“The PGCMLS Board of Library Trustees is looking to add members to a group made up of talented and dedicated people who recognize the positive impact and importance public libraries have in communities, will support PGCMLS leadership and staff, and will work hard to advance the mission and vision of PGCMLS through governance and advocacy,” said Board of Library Trustees President Angela D. Smith. “To serve on the board is an opportunity to contribute to the wonderful work being done by PGCMLS, which provides resources, services, materials, and equal access to opportunities and experiences to Prince George’s County.”

Board members, who must live in Prince George’s County, serve without pay for staggered five-year terms, but they may serve for a shorter time if appointed to complete the term of a vacant seat. Members are expected to attend board meetings, which take place every other month, and additional meetings may be scheduled as needed. 

Members are also asked to serve on one of three committees (personnel, budget and planning, or community engagement), as well as take on a leadership role by serving as a board officer or the chair of a board committee at some point during their time as a member.

Applications must be received by January 2, 2024. For more information about the board, bylaws, past meetings, and more, or to submit or print an application, visit Physical applications are also available at PGCMLS library branches.

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About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 967,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve book lovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. PGCMLS is the recipient of the 2021 Urban Libraries Council Top Innovator Award for Workforce and Economic Development. Learn more at