Yesterday morning, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System celebrated the grand reopening of the newly renovated New Carrollton Branch Library.
The original library was dedicated in 1971 and regarded by patrons and aficionados as a prominent center for both knowledge and community collaboration. To restore the library to its former prestige, meet the needs of the community, and enhance the visitor experience and perception of the facility, GWWO sought to create an aesthetically inviting and functional modern library through a full interior renovation and entrance addition, and the use of elements such as light, color, and geometry.
The transformed 58,500-SF library features an enlarged entrance with glass walls for more natural light, a conference room, two meeting rooms, seven study rooms (two specifically for children and one for teens), quiet study room, vending café, Friends bookstore, water bottle filling station, and a dual-head charging station for electric vehicles in the parking lot.
Responding to the influence of technology and the transition of the traditional library typology, the renovation modernizes the existing facility to accommodate the demands of the 21st Century and beyond. The branch includes 66 computers for public use, 15 laptops for public instruction in the training lab, and 3D printing, virtual reality, and gaming in the Teen Zone. Additionally, digital signs throughout the branch provide information on upcoming programs and meetings, and all seating areas are equipped with easy access to power for customers who bring their own devices. The library’s current collection has more than 50,000 items with a future capacity of 80,000.