Project Highlights

View of Silver Spring Library from Wayne Ave.Contractor: Costello Construction, Columbia, MD
Date of contract: December 2012

Partial funding for this project was provided by the County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development Services.

Building Highlights

  • 90,000 square foot building
  • 5 floors and a basement
  • Library on 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors
  • Mixed-use office and retail space, and an art nonprofit organization on first 2 floors
  • 2 building entrances from Wayne Ave with access to library elevators and rest of the building
  • 1 building entrance on Fenton St with an escalator and elevators to the library
  • Public open space with paved and green areas on the corner of Bonifant and Fenton Sts.
  • LEED Silver building
View of Silver Spring Library from Fenton St.
Library Highlights

  • 3rd floor entrance
  • 4th and 5th floors to house the adult and children’s collections
  • Increased access to outlets for mobile-device users
  • Public use computers
  • Early literacy space
  • Computer training lab
  • Teen area
  • Media lab
  • Disability Resource Center
  • RFID technology to simplify material check-out and check-in and to prevent theft


  1. Such a beautiful building. You can see it taking shape right now! Struck me as the prow of a ship looming over Silver Spring!

  2. People with low vision often are those who use audio books. In the current library, the titles are almost impossible to see because of the way they are stacked. Would you please pay attention to this issue when you are designing the new layout? I would so love to be able to really see the selection.

    1. Thank you for your comments. They will be given to the appropriate staff.

  3. Audio books are often used by people with low vision. At the current library it is almost impossible to read the titles on the boxes. Please think about how you display them in the new library. I would so love to be able to see the selection before choosing what i'll take home.

    1. Thank you for your comments. They will be given to the appropriate staff.

  4. Will there be a curbside book drop available? It's very helpful to have something in a location that doesn't require unbuckling kids from car seats for quick book return.

    1. The drive up Library Lane from Bonifant to Wayne will have a drop off zone where a customer can get out of the car and put books into the book drop. It is not going to be a true drive up as the drop will be on the customer side of the car, not the driver side.

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