It’s out with the old and in with the new at the site of the Hyattsville library.
Prince George’s County began tearing down the old public library in earnest this week, although the historic saucer at the entrance on Adelphi Road is being saved and will be moved to a new courtyard, thanks to a public outcry.
Located on the same site as the old library, the new 40,000-square-foot building will be one story, with parking underneath.
The building will have centralized desk services and fewer segmented areas in order to create easier access for the disabled and make it feel more welcoming in general.
The new library will also have interactive play areas for children, including some exhibits inherited from the now-closed National Children’s Museum at National Harbor.
Construction is expected to take two years. In the meantime, library services are being offered at a temporary location at 6502 America Boulevard, in University Town Center across from BonChon.