Monday, June 19, 2017

What's Going On at White Oak Library?

White Oak Library officially closed on April 15, 2017. Many were sad to see us close, but we're excited for the new changes that will happen with the refresh project!

exterior of White Oak library on a sunny day with closed for renovation sign

So what happens before construction begins? White Oak library staff spent approximately 2 weeks in the building packing and shelving materials. The children's area had to be completely packed so that old shelving could be removed. Books, DVD's, CD's were all placed in boxes and labeled. Once the packing was completed, the White Oak library staff began their temporary assignments at impacted branches. Impacted branches included Marilyn Praisner, Silver Spring, Long Branch, and Wheaton Interim library.

Before Pictures

Two blue chairs sitting in front of shelf of picture books
Children's Picture Book Area

shelves of books on cd
Books on CD

girl sitting at a table reading a book with brightly decorated walls behind
Children's Room

desk with the word checkout on it
Circulation Desk

After books were packed and old shelves were taken down

large open area with carpet a little furniture and support poles
Children's Room after books and shelving were removed.

An asbestos contractor was hired to remove all of the carpeting and the mastic which had been found to have asbestos in it. This process took a couple of weeks and the areas are now ready for new flooring to be laid.

Remediation pictures

Plastic Enclosure with warning signs
Teen Area

After the abatement pictures

Concrete floors and wall shelving in large open area
Magazine and PC Area

Concrete floors and support poles in large open area
Children's Area

Concrete floors and support poles in large open area
Adult and Teen Area

So what happens next? Contractors will begin to fix ADA issues on the inside and outside of the building. Bathrooms will have old tile and fixtures removed. Un-leveled and damaged cement and bricks outside of the building will be removed and replaced.

So what other types of updates will I see at the White Oak Library?
  • 2 new collaboration rooms
  • New furniture
  • Painting and re-carpeting of the public areas
  • Some new shelving in Adult and Teen areas
  • All new shelving in Children's area
  • Remodeling the public restrooms including floors, walls, and toilet stall partitions
  • New ADA compliant ramp for book drop access
  • Additional digital signage monitors

Stay tuned to the White Oak Library blog for more details!

Selfie of woman in a blue shirt

Angelisa Hawes
White Oak Branch Manager

Monday, March 20, 2017

Just In! White Oak Branch Closes on April 15, 2017 for Refresh!

What Is a "Refresh" and When Will It Take Place?
White Oak library will close to the public on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 6 PM so that it can be "refreshed."

So what exactly is a refresh?

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. 

MCPL won the prestigious 2016 Top Innovator Award from the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) for our Library Refresh Program! Want to know more about this award?

So what types of updates will I see at White Oak?
  • Painting and re-carpeting of the public areas
  • Remodeling the lower level public restrooms including floors, walls, and toilet stall partitions
  • Adding 2 collaboration rooms (a table and seating for up to 4 people)
  • New furniture
  • Some new shelving

What nearby branches can I use while White Oak is closed?

How long will White Oak be closed?

White Oak Library will be closed for approximately 6 months.

Where will the White Oak staff work while the library is closed?

Staff will work at other branches temporarily until White Oak Library re-opens.

What will be the last day that I will be able to choose White Oak Library branch as a pick-up location for my holds?

The last day to choose WO as a hold location will be Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Will I be able to return books in the book drop after White Oak Library closes?

Yes, but only until Thursday, April 27, 2017. The book drop will be closed after that date and you should then return items to one of our other MCPL library branches.

Stay tuned to the White Oak Library blog for further details......

Angelisa Hawes
Branch Manager

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Montgomery County Public Libraries' Quince Orchard and White Oak Branches to Close for Refresh Projects

White Oak branch with MCPL Refreshed logo
Montgomery County Public Libraries has announced the closing dates for the Quince Orchard and White Oak branches refresh projects.

The Quince Orchard and the White Oak branches will close on Saturday, April 15, at 6 p.m.; they will be open that last day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Both branches will be closed for approximately six months so the facilities can be refreshed.

“Physical construction for the refresh projects at Quince Orchard and White Oak will begin in May, but we are closing two weeks ahead of the construction start date to complete the internal reorganization of collections and shelving, and the packing up of materials, service desks, and other spaces,” noted Library Director Parker Hamilton.    “We look forward to welcoming Quince Orchard and White Oak customers back to their branches in the fall of 2017, and hope they will visit nearby branches and our 24/7 website while their facilities are undergoing the refresh process.”

Please check the home page for each branch ( or ) in April
for additional information about the closing, including the last date for book returns in the book drop.

A “refresh” project gives library buildings significant and timely updates without having to close for the amount of time it takes for a full renovation. The Library Refurbishment CIP funds programmatic and service impact updates to two to three libraries every year.Partial funding for both the Quince Orchard and White Oak projects was provided by the County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services.

Read the original press release.