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Library and Community Center Renovation

Vision for a 21st Century Library

“At the dawn of the 21st century, where knowledge is literally power, where it unlocks the gates of opportunity and success, we all have responsibilities…to instill in our children a love of reading so that we can give them a chance to fulfill their dreams.”      – Barack Obama

A New Chapter Begins…

The new Takoma Park Maryland Library, new Computer Center, and improved Community Center facilities are happening at last. After years of conversations and planning, we have dates on the calendar that will impact Library, Computer Center, Senior Room, Multi-Media Lab, Community Center and our patrons.

Subscribe to the City’s Insider e-newsletter for the most current information
Ask Questions or Express Concerns:

A new email address has been created for the community to ask questions or express concerns. This will be monitored by Library staff.

Email:  New library  |  newlibrary@takomaparkmd.gov

Important Information and Dates

Exciting news…

The temporary library space at 7505 New Hampshire Ave is NOW OPEN to the Public.

Library and Computer Center
Hours

  • Monday – Thursday, 10:00  a.m. to 8:00  p.m.
  • Friday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00  p.m.
  • The phone number will remain the same, 301-891-7259

The temporary location is on or near several bus routes:

Ride-On buses 15, 16, 17, 18, and 25 all go to the Takoma Langley Crossroads Transit Center, as do Metro Buses K6, K9, J4, F8, C2, and C4.

RideOn 16 northbound stops on New Hampshire Avenue at Kingwood Drive, close to our new location, as does MetroBus K6. The closest southbound stop is New Hampshire and Merwood.

The WMATA trip planner is useful for finding the best way from your location to us.

 Parking and Resumed Library Services:

    • There is ample parking available, including reserved spaces for mobility-challenged patrons.
    • Check our website for programs – many have continued, and we will have some new programs.
    • Books-to-Go (curbside) and Books-to-You (delivery for Takoma Park residents only) have resumed. Email librarytakomapark@gmail.com to request books for curbside or delivery service.
    • You can always reach the library by email, and if you have questions about the move or the new building, email us at newlibrary@takomaparkmd.gov.
Library Programs
  • Canta Juego continues online with Señora Geiza Thursdays at 10:30 am on Zoom.
  • El Cuento every Wednesday at 11:00 am at the Crossroads Farmers Market! In this program, you can play Lotería, earn prizes, and listen to a story in Spanish! It will be great for Spanish-speaking families, as well as those who are learning the language.
  • Neighborhood Circle Time is now on Tuesdays! In-person at 10:30 am OUTDOORS in the field by Sligo Creek Parkway and Maple Avenue, next to Essex Apartments.
  • Family Yoga Storytime – Sunday, November 20, 11:00 am. Inside the interim library! 7505 New Hampshire Ave. Start your day with a thankfulness yoga storytime perfect for the season! Music and movement and a story aimed at children under 6.
  • Sketch Club returns! Beginning November 3, join Dave at 4:00 pm on Thursdays for Sketch Club – in-person at the interim library at 7505 New Hampshire Avenue and online on Zoom.

Visit our Library Programs page for the most up-to-date information on programs and events.

Ask Questions or Express Concerns:

A new email address has been created for the community to ask questions or express concerns. This will be monitored by Library staff.

Email:  New library  |  newlibrary@takomaparkmd.gov

Please use this QR Code to see news and updates

 

 

A Preview of the New Library Design

The City is securing an interim location to provide continuity of the Library and Computer Center’s essential services.

Highlights:

  • ADA accessible facilities
  • New updated reservable Multi purpose room
  • 9,000+ square feet added to the Library
Temporary Library Location

7505 New Hampshire Avenue
Units 201-208
Takoma Park, MD 20912

OPENING:

The temporary library space at 7505 New Hampshire Ave is NOW OPEN to the Public.

Library and Computer Center
Hours

  • Monday – Thursday, 10:00  a.m. to 8:00  p.m.
  • Friday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00  p.m.
  • The phone number will remain the same, 301-891-7259
Anticipated Work Schedule*

Date(s)Activity
August 24, 2022At the end of regular hours (8pm), the Library and Computer Center will close temporarily to pack and move to the interim location
September 7, 2022Movers will arrive to transport Library and Computer Center materials to the temporary location
August 22 through September 12, 2022Removal of Solar Panels from the roof of the Library (Only two (2) parking spaces)
October 19, 2022Expected date that the Library and Computer Center will reopen in the temporary location
Late-October 2022Work begins to prepare the site of the new building October
October 2022Removal and storage of the Library mosaic so that it can be re-installed later
TBATree removal and repurposing
Once Permit is received - December 2022Utilities and parking lot closures
Fall 2023Recreation Offices and Staff will move to join the Library and Computer Center Staff at the Interim Library location Renovation of the Recreation spaces at 7500 Maple Avenue begins
November 2022 through
January 2023
Library building will be taken down and the site prepared for new construction
Spring 2024
Construction
Construction is completed and the new facilities open!

*These dates may change; please subscribe to our newsletters and follow us online to be notified of any important updates</small font>

Informational Community Meeting Notes

Monday, August 22, 2022

Recorded Session (video)
Slide Presentation (pdf)

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit this page to get answers on everything you need to know about the project.

Q. What will happen to the mural?

  • The mural is an iconic symbol of the library, and it will be carefully dismantled and preserved, then incorporated into the new building.

Q.  Can I still use Hoopla or Freading while the library is closed?

  • Of course! All of our online resources will be available during the closure.

Q.  Where can I go for printing during your closure?

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