Libraries To Be Refreshed

MCPL Refreshed What is a refresh project?

A “refresh” project is a new Capital Improvement Program process approved by County Council and the County Executive to allow library buildings to get significant and timely updates without having to close for the lengthy time it takes for a full renovation. The Library Refurbishment CIP funds programmatic, cosmetic, and service impact updates to two to three libraries every year.

Previously, library buildings were only renovated (on average) once every 25+ years. The projects to refresh each of the buildings are focused and result in a 6-8 month closure whereas full renovations resulted in libraries often being closed for more than a year. Given the fast pace of changes we face in the provision of library services and technology developments, renovations on a 25 year cycle no longer work to keep our buildings state of the art and updated.