Montgomery County Government
Department of General Services
The long-awaited, much anticipated new state-of-the-art Silver Spring Library opened June 20th in Downtown Silver Spring amidst a host of local elected officials and hundreds of community residents and library staff, advocates and users.
Located at the intersection of Wayne Ave. and Fenton St. (900 Wayne Ave.), the County’s newest urban library occupies about 63,000 gross square feet on the top three floors of the approximately 90,000 gross square foot structure.
County Executive Ike Leggett led the list of elected officials who spoke about the importance of the new library to the community. “When we broke ground for this project, I said this building would be ‘another cornerstone in the still unfolding character of Silver Spring.’
“Now, seeing this amazing actual structure – at least from the outside – I know that it will be just that,” Leggett said. “So, I am as excited as everyone here today to see the interior, for the first time, for what’s on the inside – from the stacks to the staff – will be an educational cornerstone for anyone who walks through the doors.”
“The new Silver Spring Library is a world class facility,” County Council President George Leventhal said. “From the building’s design to its amenities, this library exemplifies the very best aspects of Montgomery County.”
“This will be our first three-story library facility, in our most urban setting to-date,” said Library Director Parker Hamilton. “We look forward to the completion of the adjoining housing facility and park; the eventual public-private partnership to operate the other parts of this wonderful new building; and a future Purple Line transit stop, which will complete this 21st -century urban campus designed for vital living, efficient use of space and environmental resources, and lifelong learning.”