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.