Laurel library staff and patrons no longer have to worry about where they will go once demolition and reconstruction of the branch begins this spring.
In a long-awaited decision, the Prince George’s County library system has finalized a temporary location for the branch that will open about three weeks after the current building closes its doors on Feb. 18, according to library officials.
The temporary facility will be on the first floor of an office building located at 8101 Sandy Spring Road, behind the Laurel Municipal Center.
Michael Gannon, the library system’s associate director for support services, said the county’s first choice for a temporary location fell through because it was purchased by another party. The Sandy Spring Road location was the second one the city considered.
“I think it is a better site,” Gannon said. “It’s closer to the existing site. It’s in a newer building. It was worth the wait.”
Gannon said the temporary location will be about 5,000 square feet and will still accommodate story times and book clubs, although meeting room space will not be available.
The temporary location will include about 20 computers, a DVD dispenser machine and a book drop, Gannon said.
Kathleen Teaze, county library system director, said between 27,000 and 28,000 people visit the Laurel library each month.
To notify these patrons of the change, the library system distributed bookmarks and hung posters at the current branch, Gannon said.
“I think they’ll probably be some confusion at first,” he said. “I hope people are patient with us.”
During the three-week transition to the temporary location, Laurel branch patrons can visit www.pgcmls.info for homework help, reservations and renewal services. For phone renewals, call 301-333-3111.