One of four Carnegie Libraries located in the District, the Takoma Park Library at 416 Cedar Street NW is scheduled to close for a four-month “refresh” starting June 22. The repair work will include installing a new HVAC system, upgrading the electrical system, replacing floors and doors, refurbishing staff areas, and putting in new computers, among other components.
The library originally opened in 1911 and was the first facility in D.C. Public Library’s (DCPL) portfolio to be subject to a significant renovation, in 2009. “As Takoma celebrates a decade of service since its renovation, this refresh ensures that the building remains a welcoming and inspiring place to visit,” DCPL Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan said in a statement. “The work also allows us to respond to growing and changing community needs.” The library has seen an uptick in visitors over the past decade, according to a June 6 release from DCPL.
The following service changes are going into effect leading up to the closure, DCPL notes:
The last day to place holds on items to pick up at Takoma Park Library will be Wednesday, June 12. If you are still waiting for an outstanding hold after June 22, the pickup location for that item will be changed to Shepherd Park Library. If you prefer to pick up the item at another location, you may login to your Library account and select a new location. ... As a courtesy, items checked out from Takoma Park Library that are due between June 15 and June 30, will have their due date extended to July 1. Items may be returned to any DC Public Library location.
Throughout the repair work, the Takoma Park Library’s exterior book drop will remain open. The Shepherd Park Library—located at 7420 Georgia Avenue NW—is the nearest alternative.