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 seven million five hundred thousand 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 $67,325,000 authorized by the General Assembly has generated an estimated $360,000,000 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 19 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; Anne Arundel (Annapolis), Baltimore (Sollers Point), Cecil (Perry Hall & Northeast), Charles (Waldorf West), Frederick (Brunswick, Myersville & Walkersville), Harford (Havre de Grace), Howard (Miller), Montgomery (Silver Spring &Wheaton), St. Mary’s (Leonardtown), Somerset (Crisfield), Washington (Boonsboro &Hancock), Worcester (Berlin & Ocean City) Counties. Additionally, 3 new state-of-the-art library facilities are currently underway in Anne Arundel (Riviera Beach), Calvert (Twin Beaches), and Frederick (Middletown) Counties with support from the State.
Additional information for libraries is available at http://capital.maplaonline.org.