January 27, 2021

Construction Completed on Long Branch Library, Allowing ‘Holds to Go’ and Phone Services to Begin

Construction has been completed on the Long Branch Library, allowing Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) to start its “Holds to Go!” and the library phone service to begin this week. The County’s Department of General Services oversaw construction at the library, which is located at 8800 Garland Ave. in Silver Spring.

The library branch closed in March 2020 for interior and exterior improvements under the County’s award-winning Library Refurbishment initiative.

“Congratulations to our General Services and Public Libraries team on their collaborative work on this library refresh project,” said County Executive Marc Elrich. “Our libraries are community anchors and the impressive improvements transform this into a modernized, beautiful facility for our Long Branch residents to enjoy.”

The 21,034-square-foot facility houses approximately 58,000 print volumes and media items. The new ergonomic sit and stand circulation and self-checkout desks present an aesthetically warm and welcoming front area. The interiors of all County libraries are currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 health crisis.

The refurbishment of Long Branch library included renovation of the public restrooms, construction of a new family restroom on the first floor, creation of new teen and children’s areas, a new group study room and a new sit/stand service desk. New paint, carpet and flooring were installed along with all new furniture and some new shelving. New LED light fixtures were installed and ceiling tiles replaced. The second-floor lobby was activated with a seating group and laptop lane area. Two new dual drinking fountains with bottle filling stations were installed and electricity was extended to most tables and seating groups.

Outside improvements include a new plaza roof with decorative railing, recoating of mid-and high roofs, new stucco finish on the front first level, new storefront entrances on both levels and a new ADA compliant book drop. There were significant interior and exterior accessibility improvements for people with disabilities, including an accessible path of travel to Long Branch Library and to the Long Branch Community Recreation Center. Accessible entrances and exits were installed throughout the building. New concrete block retaining walls were installed with landscaping.

The approximate cost for the Long Branch project was $4 million.

The County Library Capital Grant Program and the Maryland State Library (as authorized by the Maryland General Assembly and supported by the Montgomery County Delegation) partially funded the project.