General Information

Mission Statement

The Dorchester County Public Library transforms lives and empowers the community through literacy, information, and collaboration.


Meet Our Director - Crystal Henningsen

As a Dorchester County native, it is my privilege and honor to serve as the Director of the Dorchester County Public Library. I began my library career in the fall of 2001 when I accepted an hourly position at the Hurlock Branch location of our library system. I rapidly fell in love with library community and its patrons, and I spent the next 18 years holding various positions in the library. Many of you may remember me as the Circulation Manager, Information Department Manager, or even as the Assistant to the Children's Librarian. In June 2019, I was promoted to Director of the library that I held so dear.

But my history with the library goes back even further. The Central Branch of the library was my haven when I was a small child and I often left with as many books as I could carry. I attended summer programs and spent hours looking for my next favorite author. By high school, I was using the library for research and preparation for college. I attended Salisbury University, earning my BA in Psychology, with a minor in English, and then came back home to Dorchester County. The rest, as they say, is history.

I completed my Master's in Library and Information Science from Drexel University in 2013 and was promoted to Assistant Director soon after. I am fortunate to work with an amazing library staff that truly cares for their community, and together we hope to make a difference for Dorchester County. We have big dreams in mind, with new programming ideas, partnerships, outreach, and materials to come in the near future. We also started 2020 by going fine free. If you are already a library patron, thank you for your continued support. If you haven't visited the library in a while or you are new to the area, we invite you to stop by for a visit and get a library card. There is something here for everyone and we look forward to seeing you!

Board of Trustees

The Dorchester County Public Library is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of 15 members. Board members are appointed for a 3-year term and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. Former Board of Trustees members may be re-elected to membership after the lapse of one year. All members serve on at least one committee. All committee appointments are for one year.

  • Clinton Weems, Vice President
  • Claudia White-Cooke, Treasurer
  • Nick Roetzel, Secretary
  • George Ames
  • Dustin Carpenter
  • Talibah Chickwendu
  • Lynne Davis
  • Norma Miller
  • Pauline Pinkett
  • Evelyn Renkwitz
  • Renee Warfield
  • David Yockey

The Board of Trustees meets every 2 months at the Central Branch of the Dorchester County Public Library. Minutes of the meetings are available for the community (COMING SOON!).


We are now Fine Free!

We have joined libraries across the state in doing away with fines on overdue items. This exciting new change will provide our patrons with greater access to all of the wonderful materials we have to offer. For more information visit your local branch!

Library History

Community library services began in Cambridge under auspices of the Cambridge Woman's Club before the turn of the century. The first free library service was founded in Hurlock in 1900. In 1922, the Dorchester County Public Library began public services to some county residents. In 1933, the small building at 305 Gay Street in Cambridge was constructed and library services were provided through that building until 1973, when the larger Central Library at 303 Gay Street was opened. Bookmobile service was made available to outlying areas in 1965 and for this reason the branch Library in Vienna, which opened in 1939, was closed in 1975. The Bookmobile was removed from service in 2011. | MORE