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Surratts-Clinton Branch

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

The branch, built on land once owned by the Piscataway Nation, was originally dedicated on January 21, 1980. The cost of the building was $1.5 million. Two historic names of the area (Surratt and Clinton) were joined to make the name of the branch.

Size: It will be a 25,682 square-foot building.

Meeting & Study Spaces:

  • Six study rooms - including one for children and one for teens
  • One meeting room with a stage
  • One conference room


  • 60 computers for the public
  • Makerspace/computer lab

Other Features:

  • New entrance
  • New decorative metal panels on the exterior
  • Vending café
  • Fireplace
  • Comfort room for nursing mothers
  • Fully-enclosed children’s area and teen zone
  • An interior Art in Public Places commission

The theme of children’s area is Discovery Bay. Celebrating the Chesapeake Bay, the room will have sailboat-shaped reading nooks, a lighthouse that children can sit in and read, a wall mural of animals and fish of the Chesapeake, seagulls flying from the ceiling and nautical-themed furniture.

Architect: AS Architects

News Updates

Renovations at Surratts-Clinton
September 9, 2022

Delays to Renovations at Surratts-Clinton

Power issues are causing new delays to construction. The building's original transformer was mislabeled by Pepco and was discovered to be undersized for the building. Due to supply chain issues, a new, correct-sized transformer has a very long lead time into next year. Pepco has provided a solution by offering an oversized transformer that can be procured much sooner. This will, however, be more work for the contractor. Pepco will require a new duct bank be installed as well as a new transformer pad. The old transformer pad will now have to be demolished. In preparing for demolition, the contactor found unexpected asbestos which will have to be remediated. Even with the power issues, construction continues on the interior with the ceilings being closed in and the plumbing fixtures being installed.

Renovations at Surratts-Clinton
April 19, 2022

Renovations at Surratts-Clinton

Renovations are coming along inside the Surratts-Clinton Branch Library, including the lighthouse in the children's room.

February 18, 2022

Surratts-Clinton Reopening in 2022

The Surratts-Clinton Branch Library is planning to reopen later in 2022. There is currently a temporary location at the Davies Unitarian Universalist Congregation (7400 Temple Hill Rd, Temple Hills, MD 20748), which is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am-2 pm. Services include public computers, browsing, returns, reference/material requests, and WiFi.

November 4, 2021

Installing Window Frames

Window frames are installed along with some of the glass. Concrete pads have been poured for the generator and air handling unit. The roof is almost complete. Drywall installation is continuing. Tentative completion date is mid-2022.

September 2, 2021

AIPP Art Installation

The first stained glass mosaic panel of the four-panel installation by Carey Dean for the lobby of the branch is complete. This project is part of Prince George’s County Art in Public Places (AIPP) program.

Framing Out of Interior Rooms has Begun
July 30, 2021

Framing Out of Interior Rooms has Begun

Work on the replacement of the metal panels on the roof has begun. The new panels are red as opposed to the original gray color. Staff spent the day on July 27th at the showroom selecting the new shelving and furniture.

June, 2021

Waterproofing Complete!

Storm water management upgrades and waterproofing has been completed. A new concrete slab in the adult area has been poured. New metal roof panels are currently being installed. The current estimate for the renovated building to open to the public is January 2022. (change to May 2022 at earliest; subject to change).

March, 2021

Construction Issues at Surratts-Clinton

Construction issues keep cropping up that are delaying the project. The entire storm water management system on the site had collapsed over the years and has to be rebuilt. This also entails re-grading the area around the building. This work was just completed, but then it was discovered that water was still coming into the building, so we are waiting for a solution to that. The contractors have installed new HVAC ductwork and plumbing, and are almost finished replacing the roof. However, they can’t really do anything more until they get the water problem fixed.

November 5, 2020

Public Art Opporunity for Surratts-Clinton

Provide concept design ideas through renderings or other media. Upon approval, the elected artist or artist team will be issued a design contract and have their art displayed in the branch! Deadline December 4.

February 20, 2020

Construction Starts February 18!

The Surratts-Clinton branch will begin construction on February 18, 2020.

Surratts-Clinton Floor Plan

Surratts-Clinton Furniture Plan

Videos and Media

Surratts-Clinton Branch Library Renovation

Surratts-Clinton Renovation Photos

Surratts-Clinton Virtual Tour

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