The Montgomery County Correctional Facility (MCCF) Library operates as a branch of the Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries, and is open 40 hours weekly. The MCCF Library offers free and equal access to services and resources to help the inmate population find the general and legal information they need to improve and enrich their lives, and enable their successful re-entry into the community. A wide variety of reading material is available, comprised of a collection of approximately 15,000 fiction and nonfiction titles, paperbacks, reference books, encyclopedias and newspapers, including materials in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese. Inmates have access to the library on a biweekly basis, and may check out up to seven books to take back to their cells.
The MCCF Library provides inmates with resources to assist with their legal matters, as mandated by Maryland and Federal law. On the basis of individual requests, inmates are scheduled biweekly for Law Library time. During Law Library they may research their charges and access materials that may be helpful in preparing motions and pleadings such as bond reduction, reconsideration of sentence, power of attorney, temporary child custody, and other legal topics. WESTLAW is available in addition to numerous legal texts related to Maryland law, federal law, immigration, drugs and alcohol, appeals, legal forms, family law and prisoners’ rights issues.
Personal computers are available for general word processing as well as preparation of legal motions from standard templates. Photocopies of legal materials are provided without charge for up to 25 copies, with $.10 per page charge for additional copies. Free notary public service is provided by library staff.
Internet access is not available for inmates.
A Correctional Library Advisory Committee, consisting of volunteers from the general community, supports library service goals and advocates for service to the incarcerated. If you are interested in joining this committee, please contact Andrea Castrogiovanni at 240-773-9914