Located outside city boundaries, the libraries are operated by the 501(c)(3) non-profit Cedar Mill Community Library Association. The CMCLA is one of the largest nonprofit association libraries in the United States with a collection of over 250,000 items and more than 2.5 million loans annually. The Association operates two locations, its original location on Cornell Road  in Cedar Mill and a branch in the Bethany Village Shopping Center. The libraries are members of WCCLS, the Washington County Cooperative Library Services which provides operational funding, shared computer, circulation and courier services with a common card that offers free access to the more than 1.6 million items found in Washington County public libraries.

Mission Statement

Provide our community an open door to the joy of reading, lifelong learning and personal enrichment, with an emphasis on the literacy development of children.


We value intellectual freedom and open access to information.

We help people connect with the world by anticipating and adapting to changes in technology.

We overcome barriers to information access. We build relationships, deliver materials, and engage in partnerships to overcome physical, language and skills challenges present in the community.

We are politically neutral. We enable access to a wide variety of viewpoints through the diversity of materials available, the services we provide, the programs we offer, and the learning opportunities available in a non-commercial environment. This open access to information builds citizenship.

We value literacy, life-long learning and personal growth.

We help children develop a love of reading and learning, and we promote early literacy and school readiness.

We promote self-directed learning for all ages and believe that education is the pathway to personal empowerment.

We encourage curiosity and development of skills that enable people to acquire information.

We value our evolving community and support its diversity.

We support and welcome all people to access the library.

We offer an open, non-judgmental place that creates an intersection of people, ideas, resources and opportunities.

We foster a sense of community and encourage community involvement through outreach, partnerships and volunteerism.