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County Library Capital Grants

County Library Capital Project Grant Program

Mandated by state law, County Library Capital Grants provide $5,000,000 annually for a grant program to assist in the funding of public library capital projects.  Since the grant program was implemented in FY 2008, 20 library systems have received funding for 40 capital projects. The projects included renovations and expansions (to increase public service area or comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act) and new construction (planning, architectural and engineering, design, construction, and furnishings and equipment). As evidenced by the grant applications received, demand far exceeds funding, even at the full level mandated by statute, and there is strong evidence of local commitment by way of matching funds.  This program addresses critical needs for libraries in communities across the State.

The "Enchanted Forest" children's area at the Westernport Branch of the Allegany County Library.  

Allegany County Library- Westernport Branch

Funds from the County Library Capital Project Grant Program were used to renovate the interior of the Westernport branch.  No significant improvements had been made to this facility since it was constructed in 1969.  The renovation enhanced the library’s ability to deliver services by making badly needed safety, lighting, and electrical upgrades as well as reconfiguring the floor plan, upgrading the furnishings, and modernizing the interior spaces.  The branch was updated to support the library’s role of delivering value added services such as access to the Internet, educational software on library computers, and quality public programming.



The Linthicum Branch of the Anne Arundel County Public Library 

Anne Arundel County Public Library- Eastport/Annapolis, Edgewater, Linthicum, Riviera Beach Branches

Four branches required replacement fire safety systems to bring them up to current national Fire Protection Association code.  Deficiencies included:  pull stations that did not connect to the main fire system and did not alert the fire department when activated, limited number of smoke/heat detectors, lack of visual strobes to alert the hearing impaired, and phone lines that did not operate independently of other telecommunication lines.  County Library Capital Grant Program funds were used to correct the deficiencies and brought the branches into compliance. 


  Storyville at Rosedale branch

Storyville at the Rosedale Branch of the Baltimore County Pubic Library

Baltimore County Public Library-Rosedale Branch

With the creation of Storyville, an interactive early childhood learning center at the Rosedale Branch, parents have a resource to encourage them in their role as their children’s first teacher.   This model provides information and literacy materials and hands-on experiential learning opportunities for parents and caregivers as they play, read and learn with their children in a fun, interactive and literacy-rich environment.  The activities in the early childhood center are designed to support the skills identified in the Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR), which promotes a consistent, statewide approach to enhancing school readiness.





The Edmondson Avenue Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library

Baltimore City, Enoch Pratt Free Library-Edmondson Avenue Branch

The 55 year-old Edmondson Avenue Branch required extensive renovation to address basic structural issues as well as physical improvements that affect service delivery. When renovations are complete, the County Library Capital Project Grant Program funding will increase access for all patrons including those with disabilities, provide greater space for public use of technology and allowed for the redesign of the children and teen areas thereby enhancing services to the underserved.





The Central Branch of the Caroline County Public Library

Caroline County Public Library  planned, designed and built a teen center in the middle of the library space.  This area is equipped with computers, large screen TV and is easily monitored since the walls are not solid but are wood beams. 



The Westminister Branch of the Carroll County Public Library 

Carroll County Public Library- Westminster Branch

The Carroll County Public Library Westminster Branch, a 27-year old building, received funds for a total renovation including layout, furnishings, and interior treatment.  This busy 22,921 sq. ft. branch circulates nearly one million items per year, and serves as a community gathering place and computer access center.  This photo shows the entrance to the children's area.



The Perryville Branch of the Cecil County Public Library

Cecil County Public Library- Perryville Branch

The new Perryville Branch Library, a 15,200 sq. ft. full service library, is the first newly constructed library-owned branch to be built in Cecil County in over 13 years.  The County Library Capital Grant Program provided funds for three large flat screen display monitors and networked them for use at the library's entrance, in the cafe and in the teen area to promote programs, library services and specific materials.  They communicate effectively with the public and provide a "greener" alternative to printed posters.  In addition, the library installed three self-checkout units, two located in the adult area and one in the children's area.  These equipment upgrades will enable Cecil County Public Library to serve the growth of the population due to BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure).





Charles County Public Library- Waldorf West Branch

Charles County Public Library welcomed the newest branch, Waldorf West, to their library community.  After years of planning and designing, Waldorf West was opened on November 13, 2012




Harford County Public Library- Whiteford Branch

Renovation of the Whiteford Branch, in January 2010 the newly expanded, 13,278 square foot building was opened to delighted customers. The current building doubled in size from the original 1992 full-service building. Highlights of the expansion include a teen room with gaming system, interactive children’s puppet and play area, a quiet study room, self-checkout stations, 24 public access computers, Wi-Fi, and a meeting room which has the capacity to seat 96. Adjacent to the library is a Harford County Parks and Recreation playground “tot lot” which is frequented by preschoolers and their families after the weekly story times.





Frederick County Public Libraries- Brunswick Branch

Frederick County's Brunswick Public Library is the first county-owned facility to be registered in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED®, rating system. The new 15,000-square-foot building at 915 North Maple Avenue replaces the branch’s former 2,500-square-foot home at that same location. An expanded collection of books and media, more public access computers, two quiet study rooms, and a public meeting room are among the library’s many features. The facility also features a children' s room, teen zone, adult reading room, and wireless internet connection throughout the facility.






Charles E. Miller Branch and Historical Center of the Howard County Library 

Howard County Library-Charles E. Miller Branch and Historical Center. Opening day at the new Charles E. Miller Branch and Historical Center welcomed around 7,000 people on the first day. This 82,500 sq. ft. library/historical center is required to meet current needs in the Ellicott City service area. 



 Chestertown Branch of the Kent County Public Library

Kent County Public Library-Chestertown Branch

Using County Library Capital Grant Program funding, the library redesigned and replaced the entire exterior and interior roof structure which included the redesign of the roof and dormers, removal and replacement of existing roof with a new metal roof, new interior ceilings, insulation, new interior lighting, and a new guttering system.  These upgrades ensure continued protection for the library collection furniture and equipment.



 Gaithersburg Branch of the Montgomery County Public Library

Gaithersburg Branch of the Montgomery County Public Library

Montgomery County Public Libraries-Gaithersburg Branch and Silver Spring Branch

To better serve the demographically and ethnically diverse residents and growing business community of Montgomery County, the County Library Capital Grant Program provided funding for a redesign for the Gaithersburg Branch. The Gaithersburg Branch is the busiest in the county with a circulation of about one million items and about 700,000 visits. Renovation of the Gaithersburg library occurred 20 years after the original library was opened to the public.





The Children's Area of the Spauldings Branch of the Prince George's County Memorial Library

Prince George’s County Memorial Library-Spauldings Branch- Capital Grant funds were used to transform the children's area of the Spauldings library.  Customers can enjoy the delightful and welcoming atmosphere.  The colorful barn lights up the wall and children can access a special area through a child sized door.



The Proposed Crisfield Branch of the Somerset County Library

Somerset County Library- Crisfield Branch

A January 2007 facilities assessment identified the construction of a new 15,000 sq. ft. full service branch in Crisfield by 2010 as a high priority.  County Library Capital Grant Program funds will be used to plan the development of a building program with assistance from a library building consultant.  The existing branch library is located in a residential neighborhood and has served the community since 1930.




 Talbot County Free Library - Main Branch, Easton

Renovations for the Talbot County Free Library, Easton Branch were completed in 2012.  A special children's garden has been created just outside the library doors.  Residents from Talbot County can enjoy free internet access and other exciting changes.   



The Boonsboro Branch of the Washington County Free Library

Washington County Free Library-Boonsboro Branch

The new state of the art Boonsboro Free Library, a branch of the Washington County Free Library sits on a rise near Shafer Park and features a panoramic view of the mountains, park, and community.  Opening April 14, 2008, with an enlarged collection of books and media, the library became a major community asset for Boonsboro families to use and enjoy.  Around 250 people attended the opening day ceremonies, viewing the computer lab with 10 computers for public use, the quiet study room, teen space, and a beautiful new children’s department along with a community room that offers a dedicated area for special programs, lectures, performances, and book talks. The County Library Capital Grant Program funds provided construction funds to cover the gap in allotted funding and furnishings for the new library.




The Main Branch of the Wicomico Public Library

Wicomico Public Library- Main Branch

This project will replace operating components for the single elevator at the Salisbury Library. The current elevator uses operating components that are no longer available for replacement. This single elevator provides the only access to the service areas of the library for anyone in a wheel chair, pushing a stroller, or unable to climb stairs. This project will provide the public access to the main floor and public meeting areas of the Wicomico Public Library main library facility.





Worcester County Library-Ocean City Library

Worcester County constructed a new branch library in Ocean City to replace the existing 5,000 sq. ft. facility that served the community for more than forty years. During the summer months, Ocean City is the second largest city in Maryland, generating state and local revenue through tourism dollars. The County Library Capital Grant Program funds provided furnishings for the new facility, enhancing library services and creating a welcoming atmosphere for visitors and locals alike.



Contact Information

Division of Library Development and Services
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

(410) 767-0444

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