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Hyattsville Branch

Feasibility Study Completed
Community Meetings Completed
Design Completed
Permitting Completed
Bid Completed
Construction Completed

This library branch at 6530 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, will reflect what the community told us. We held five community forums with the architects and our community in attendance. This is what we heard: keep it where it is now, build to a sustainable design, keep the flying saucer, lots of places to study to collaborate, a bigger children’s area and more computers.

The original building was dedicated in January, 19, 1964 – it was state of the art for its time with electrically-heated sidewalks to melt ice, a book lift to move items between floors, a book-drop and wall-to-wall carpet to reduce noise.

This new construction will mark several firsts for PGCMLS: our first vegetative (green) roof and our first parking garage.

Size: It will be 40,000 square-foot building – about the same size as the original building, but now everything is will be on one floor.

Meeting & Study Spaces:

  • Two meeting rooms
  • One conference room
  • Eight study rooms – two of them in the children’s area


  • 74 computers for the public (the most of any branch)
  • Art Room

Other Features:

  • Vending café with Bookstore Area
  • Comfort room for nursing mothers
  • A reading terrace
  • A reading garden containing the flying saucer
  • The Prince George's Room with a collection focused on local history and genealogy
  • Two Art in Public Places commissions - one interior and one exterior

Exterior sustainable features:

  • Large green roof for storm water mitigation
  • Solar panels to reduce energy consumption
  • A light colored PVC roofing to help keep the building cool
  • Parking for the building located under the library allows for the large expanses of local vegetation landscaping for storm water mitigation.
  • Energy-efficient and smart HVAC system that reduces energy consumption
  • Electric car charging stations
  • Sustainability of exterior materials
    • Locally-sourced brick
    • Terracotta panels with incredibly long life cycles that will not weather or need to be replaced
    • Metal panels with recycled components

The theme of children’s area is Discovery Village – with elements of classic children’s literature: a castle with a drawbridge, the Three Little Pigs’ houses and a troll bridge where kids can sit and read (if they dare), a friendly dragon, an enchanted tree and the Yellow Brick Road.

Architect: Grimm and Parker

News Updates

Hyattsville Branch Library Opens March 30, 2022
March 7, 2022

Hyattsville Branch Library Opens March 30, 2022

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) is thrilled to announce that the new 40,258 square-foot Hyattsville Branch Library (6530 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, Maryland 20782) will open to the public on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. This highly anticipated new library continues PGCMLS’ track record of building award-winning sustainable, modern, and welcoming branches that serve as hubs for the community.

Opening day festivities are open to the public and will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony (10 am) featuring County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks, Prince George’s County Council Member Deni Taveras, PGCMLS CEO Roberta Phillips, PGCMLS Board President Toni A. Smith, Rico Newman (Member of the Elders Council of the Choptico Band of Piscataway Indians), and other distinguished guests.

Final inspection last Tuesday for the Use and Occupancy permit
January 28, 2022

Final inspection last Tuesday for the Use and Occupancy permit

Several minor issues were tagged during the inspection and the contractor is working on getting them resolved this week. Most of this week our maintenance staff is being trained on all the building’s mechanical systems. This will be one of our biggest branches and definitely the most complex. It has our first garage and first vegetative roof so our staff need to be trained in their proper maintenance.

Once the Use and Occupancy permit is issued, the staff will fully move in and all the equipment and supplies we have been holding in storage will be brought over. All the furniture is installed and all the books and other materials have been shelved. We are currently anticipating a March date for the opening. We are hoping the Covid-19 levels have significantly decreased so that we can have an actual Grand Opening ceremony with a ribbon cutting.

New Hyattsville Library Now Slated to Open in Late January
November 14, 2021

New Hyattsville Library Now Slated to Open in Late January

The new Hyattsville library at 6530 Adelphi Rd., is now slated to open in late January.

Originally scheduled to open last spring, the library has seen construction setbacks due to various issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Shelving has been installed
July 30, 2021

Shelving and Book Collection Delivered

Shelving has been installed and the new book collection has been delivered. Asphalt paving and concrete sidewalk pouring is underway. Once the water is hooked up to the building, the sprinkler system will be pressurized and a stocking permit can be issued. With a stocking permit, the furniture can be delivered and installed.

Brick being installed above garage entrace
May 8, 2020

New Hyattsville Library Faces Delays, Changes Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Michael Gannon, chief operating officer of the Prince George’s County library system, told the Hyattsville Wire that construction was delayed on some interior work due to social distancing requirements and the difficulty in getting some materials due to closed factories, but the target opening date for the $27.3 million project is still next spring...

Hyattsville Shirts
May 3, 2021

Hyattsville Branch Library Flying Saucer T-Shirts Now On Sale

You can now pre-order a Hyattsville library flying saucer T-shirt through the PGCMLS Foundation’s online store! Work on the new Hyattsville public library is slated to be completed by the fall, though that date is subject to change.

More steel supports planted into the concrete foundation
December 5, 2019

Construction Continues at the Hyattsville Branch

Concrete foundation and steel supports have been laid at the construction site for the Hyattsville Branch. The building has started to take shape!  More photos have been added to our photo album below that detail the construction process.

More Paint Colors
November 22, 2019

New Carpet Swatches Unveiled for the Hyattsville Branch Construction Project

Photos of some carpet samples have been revealed in the most recent update from PGCMLS. The photos (below), show different examples of paint textures, colors, and combinations that may be used in the final product. The carpet swatches show what the outer and inner material will be. Keep an eye out for these colors! You may seem them when the branch opens after construction.

Hyattsville Branch Features Brochure

Hyattsville Floor Plan

Hyattsville Furniture Plan

RFQs for Public Art Installations

Videos and Media

Hyattsville - Grimm+Parker

Hyattsville Branch Library - Photo Credit, Grimm + Parker Architects

Grand Opening Celebration @ Hyattsville Branch 3/30/22

Grand Opening Celebration @ Hyattsville Branch 3/30/22

Hyattsville Branch Replacement

Hyattsville Renovation Photos

Hyattsville Branch Library Ribbon Cutting 3 30 22

Hard Hat Librarian Hyattsville 2021

Hyattsville Virtual Tour

Hard Hat Librarian Ep 3

Hard Hat Librarian Ep 9

Hard Hat Librarian Ep 11