New Carrollton Library

New Carrollton, MD

Information commons, periodicals, reference services
Children’s and teen collections
Meeting rooms, study rooms, café
New entrance and lobby
Prince George's County Memorial Library System
Interior Design, Full Design Services, Construction Administration, Building Information Modeling

For over 40 years, the New Carrollton Library has been regarded by patrons as a prominent center for learning and community collaboration. This full interior renovation and addition breathes new life into the two-story Brutalist-style structure creating a welcoming, technology-rich facility that reasserts its place as a community anchor and meets the needs of today’s library patrons.


Responding to the dynamic shift of libraries from places of quiet study to vibrant centers of community collaboration, the two-dimensional triangular floor plan transforms into a three-dimensional prism that breaks through the former understated entry, framing the new entrance. Seen from afar, this symbol of enlightenment re-establishes the building as a beacon to the community.


AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Merit Award

AIA Potomac Valley Excellence in Design Merit Award

The library’s interior layout responds to the existing triangular configuration that placed major destinations at each of the three apexes: children’s collection, public meeting rooms, and a lobby and café area. In keeping with the design technique, a shifted secondary grid of collection space and study rooms creates an orderly kaleidoscopic effect, radiating around the central social space.

An ocean-themed children’s collection sparks wonder and curiosity with an aquarium, bubble tank, reading nooks, and appropriately-sized furniture.
Modern program elements include study and breakout spaces for individuals, small groups, and larger meetings as well as computer training facilities. Individualized spaces for children, teens, and adults make sure that everyone feels at home.