The Charles E. Miller Branch & Historical Center, which opened December 2011, is the largest branch in the Howard County Library System (HCLS). A 21st Century library for 21st Century public education, the new Miller Branch matches the quality of the curriculum HCLS delivers.
Designed to capture the benefits of natural lighting and maximize energy efficiency, the new Miller Branch has been designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification from the United States Green Building Council.
Partnering with the Howard County Historical Society and other organizations, the Historical Center vision will bring history to life through research opportunities, classes, seminars, and events that focus on Howard County and Maryland history. The HCLS Charles E. Miller Branch & Historical Center will become a hub for historical research in Howard County and central Maryland.
The branch has nine quiet study rooms, a 3,000 sq. ft. meeting room, a Tech Lab, and a Terrace Overlook, which allows customers to read and work outdoors. This location has 100 computers, all of which include Internet access and word processing software.
A unique component to the branch is the Enchanted Garden, a sustainable, community-based teaching garden that will focus on health, nutrition, and environmental education. The Enchanted Garden is scheduled to officially open in May 2012.