According to a November 2019 statewide facilities needs assessment, more than half of the public library buildings in Maryland are over 25 years old. Consequences of this aging infrastructure are:
- 17 buildings need a new roof
- 10 facilities require alterations for ADA compliance
- 17 libraries have HVAC systems that are at the end of their useful life
- 42 buildings require technological upgrades in order to provide 21st-century library services
- 59 existing facilities require general renovation at an estimated cost of $75,000,000
- 11 buildings have been identified for replacement with a new structure at an estimated cost of $63,000,000
Countywide Master Facilities Planning Grants
Maryland State Library provides planning grants to library systems to evaluate existing facilities and develop priorities for improving them.
County Library Capital Grants
Maryland State Library oversees a State capital grant program that provides five million dollars annually for the renovation, expansion, and construction of public library facilities. Since the program was implemented in 2008, capital grants have been awarded to 23 of the State's 24 library systems to improve one or more of their library buildings, and the $60,025,000 authorized by the General Assembly has generated an estimated $350,000,000 in local matching funds, nearly six times the amount of the State's investment in public libraries.
While the majority of the grant awards have funded basic, but important, renovations, an astounding number of 15 new public libraries have been opened with State funding from the Eastern Shore to Western Maryland… along with lovely views of the Chesapeake Bay, local neighborhoods and the mountains including; Baltimore (Sollers Point), Cecil (Perry Hall), Charles (Waldorf West), Frederick (Brunswick, Myersville & Walkersville), Harford (Havre de Grace), Howard (Miller), Montgomery (Silver Spring &Wheaton), Somerset (Crisfield), Washington (Boonsboro &Hancock), Worcester (Berlin & Ocean City) Counties. Additionally, 5 new state-of-the-art library facilities are currently underway in Anne Arundel (Annapolis & Riviera Beach), Calvert (Twin Beaches), Cecil (Northeast), and St. Mary's (Leonardtown) Counties with support from the State.
Additional information for libraries is available at http://capital.maplaonline.org
New Myersville Library
Dedicated on August 24, 2019, the new Myersville Branch of the Frederick County Library System received $783,000 from the Maryland State Library for the project. The 7,000 square foot facility features two study rooms, eight public computers, four children's iPads with early literacy games and apps, a meeting room with a 50 person capacity, and a restored historic trolley car #150 reflecting the community's heritage. Click here for more information.
The new Wheaton Branch of the Montgomery County Library System opened September 8, 2019, in a shared facility with the Wheaton Community Recreation Center. The facility features a Friends of the Library Bookstore and a café. The Maryland State Library provided $200,000 for the project. Click here for more information.