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Hyattsville Branch

Feasibility Study Completed
Community Meetings Completed
Design Completed
Permitting Completed
Bid Completed
Construction In Progress

This library branch will reflect what the community told us. We held five community forums with the architects and our community in attendance. This is what we heard: keep it where it is now, build to a sustainable design, keep the flying saucer, lots of places to study to collaborate, a bigger children’s area and more computers.

The original building was dedicated in January, 19, 1964 – it was state of the art for its time with electrically-heated sidewalks to melt ice, a book lift to move items between floors, a book-drop and wall-to-wall carpet to reduce noise.

This new construction will mark several firsts for PGCMLS: our first vegetative (green) roof and our first parking garage.

Size: It will be 40,000 square-foot building – about the same size as the original building, but now everything is will be on one floor.

Meeting & Study Spaces:

  • Two meeting rooms
  • One conference room
  • Eight study rooms – two of them in the children’s area


  • 74 computers for the public (the most of any branch)
  • Makerspace/Computer Lab

Other Features:

  • Vending café with Bookstore Area
  • Comfort room for nursing mothers
  • A reading terrace
  • A reading garden containing the flying saucer
  • The Prince George's Room with a collection focused on local history and genealogy
  • Two Art in Public Places commissions - one interior and one exterior

Exterior sustainable features:

  • Large green roof for stormwater mitigation
  • Solar panels to reduce energy consumption
  • A light colored PVC roofing to help keep the building cool
  • Parking for the building located under the library allows for the large expanses of local vegetation landscaping for storm water mitigation.
  • Energy-efficient and smart HVAC system that reduces energy consumption
  • Electric car charging stations
  • Sustainability of exterior materials
    • Locally-sourced brick
    • Terracotta panels with incredibly long life cycles that will not weather or need to be replaced
    • Metal panels with recycled components

The theme of children’s area is Discovery Village – with elements of classic children’s literature: a castle with a drawbridge, the Three Little Pigs’ houses and troll bridge where kids can sit and read (if they dare), a friendly dragon, an enchanted tree and the Yellow Brick Road.

Architect: Grimm and Parker

News Updates

Brick being installed above garage entrace
May 8, 2020

New Hyattsville Library Faces Minor Delays, Changes Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Michael Gannon, chief operating officer of the Prince George’s County library system, told the Hyattsville Wire that construction was delayed on some interior work due to social distancing requirements and the difficulty in getting some materials due to closed factories, but the target opening date for the $27.3 million project is still next spring...

More steel supports planted into the concrete foundation
December 5, 2019

Construction Continues at the Hyattsville Branch

Concrete foundation and steel supports have been laid at the construction site for the Hyattsville Branch.  The building has started to take shape!  More photos have been added to our photo album below that detail the construction process.

More Paint Colors
November 22, 2019

New Carpet Swatches Unveiled for the Hyattsville Branch Construction Project

Photos of some carpet samples have been revealed in the most recent update from PGCMLS. The photos (below), show different examples of paint textures, colors, and combinations that may be used in the final product. The carpet swatches show what the outer and inner material will be. Keep an eye out for these colors! You may seem them when the branch opens after construction.

Hyattsville Floor Plan

Hyattsville Furniture Plan

RFQs for Public Art Installations

Videos and Media

Hyattsville Branch Replacement

Hyattsville Renovation Photos

Hard Hat Librarian Hyattsville 2021

Hyattsville Virtual Tour

Hard Hat Librarian Ep 3

Hard Hat Librarian Ep 9

Hard Hat Librarian Ep 11