What is the Cumberland County Library System?
The Cumberland County Library System (CCLS) consists of 7 federated local libraries, 1 branch facility, a system headquarters office and an associated non-profit Cumberland County Library System Foundation. The library system provides service to more than 220,000 people in Cumberland County and a small portion of Franklin County. Library Service Area Map (PDF, 176KB, 1 page)
Federated Library System Structure
The Cumberland County Library System Board governs the library system. Member libraries nominate the system board’s 7 members for review and appointment by the Cumberland County Commissioners. Cumberland County Commissioner, Gary Eichelberger, serves as the library system board's liaison with the county.
County System Administrative Office
The CCLS administrative office is an independent agency of county government, designated to provide library service and reports to the system board as well as the Cumberland County Commissioners' office. The library system's headquarters staff are employed by Cumberland County government.
County Library System Services
The county system headquarters provides services to its member libraries in 6 areas:
• Information technology
• Technical services (acquisitions, cataloging, processing of library materials)
• Direct library services
• STAR outreach services to older adults
• Training services for staff and board members
• Administrative and financial services
Independent Local Library Boards
Independent local library boards govern each member library. To participate in the library system, each local library board has a membership agreement with the Library System Board. Local library staff members are employees of the local library.