Wheaton Library and Recreation Center

Montgomery County Government
Department of General Services

Project Manager
Anjali Gulati
(240) 777-6061
Section Chief
Don Scheuerman
(240) 777-6075

Funding/Expenditure Schedule: APPROVED

Grimm + Parker
11720 Beltsville Drive, Suite 600
Calverton, MD 20705

Current Phase:Construction completed September 2019

This project will be constructed in 2 phases.

Phase 1 - Construction is completed. Old Hermitage Avenue is closed and new Hermitage Avenue is open.

Phase 2 – Existing Library demolition, new building construction and development of adjacent park.

Ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Sunday, Sept. 8 2019. Building is open to public.

Current Images

This facility will combine a new Wheaton Library and a new Wheaton Community Recreation Center in one building. This combined facility would provide the community with a library and community recreation center that would be equivalent to comparable libraries and recreation centers with similar service needs throughout the rest of the county. The project will include the combining of redundant spaces offered by both facilities, such as lobbies, meeting rooms, and restrooms, into shared spaces. The use of shared spaces could reduce the overall building size, which allows for reuse of the existing site.

The site that has been chosen for this facility is a combination of the existing two sites for the Wheaton Community Recreation Center and the Wheaton Library. Some of the site issues to be studied include impacts to the adjacent residential neighborhood by relocating existing roads and access, determining how storm water management can be provided, and preparing concept layouts for the building and parking on the new combined site.

Community Presentations and Meetings:

News Release Thursday, January 24, 2019
Kemp Mill Civic Association Presentation
This presentation was given to update the community on the progress of the Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center.
Traffic Impact Study
This report has been prepared to identify any traffic impacts associated with the proposed Wheaton Library and Community Recreation Center.
M-NCPPC Planning Board Approval - Wheaton Library, Community Recreation Center and Neighborhood Park Mandatory Referral – October 15, 2015
Community Meeting - Monday, October 26, 2015 - 7:00 – 9:00 PM - Glenmont Exchange Inc.
Design update community meeting
Community Meeting - Monday, September 21, 2015 - 7:00 – 9:00 PM - Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad
Design update community meeting
April 13, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad ballroom
This meeting, sponsored by Public Libraries and the Department of General Services will update the community on the status of this project.
June 5, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Wheaton Library in Meeting Room 100
This first meeting will be a workshop where all in attendance will be discussing their visions, goals, challenges and concerns for the new development and the site.
June 24, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Wheaton Library in Meeting Room 100
During this meeting the design team presented concepts from the 1st meeting and continued the dialog to further develop the building and site design ideas and options.
October 24, 2012

Project Architectural Images

Site Plan

Vicinity Map


Furniture survey for new Wheaton Library

(Begins Sunday, November 19, 2017)

Montgomery County Public Libraries and the Department of General Services, Division of Building Design and Construction will be conducting an online survey from November 19th through December 17th to solicit feedback from the Wheaton community about proposed library furniture selections for the new Wheaton Library.

Interested residents are invited to visit the Wheaton Interim Library, located at 2400 Arcola Avenue, in the second floor ballroom of the Wheaton Volunteer Rescue Squad building, beginning Sunday November 19th, to view and sit in the proposed furniture before taking the online survey.

The survey will be available in four languages (English, Spanish, French, and Chinese) on the Wheaton Interim Library website, http://montgomerycountymd.gov/library/branches/wheaton.html?utm_source=responsive&utm_medium=menu&utm_campaign=redesign.

To kick off the survey, please join members of the Wheaton Library Advisory Committee (LAC) at the library on Sunday, November 19 between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. LAC members will be available to direct residents to the proposed furniture selections and to assist residents in completing the online survey.

For those who can’t attend the kick-off, the proposed furniture will be available at the Wheaton Interim Library during normal business hours for viewing and trying out from November 19th through December 17th, which are also the dates when the online survey will be available on the Montgomery County Public Libraries, Wheaton Interim Branch webpage.

For additional information, contact Dianne Whitaker at 240-777-0678 or 240-777-0686.


1. How many books the new library will have compared to the old one?
The collection size in the new library will be comparable to the collection size of the old library. A portion of the collection from the old library was assigned to the Wheaton Interim Library for customer browsing and circulation while the new Wheaton Library is being constructed. Staff also reviewed the old library’s collection after the library closed to ensure the collection was not outdated, damaged, worn out, or beyond repair. The Capital Improvement Program budget for the new library/community recreation center includes $300,000 to purchase new materials for the library. In addition, the Library Department’s operating budget (since the Wheaton Library’s closure in March 2016) includes funds for the purchase of new titles. These materials have been purchased and are stored in anticipation of the library opening in the summer of 2019.
2. Compare the old space size with the new one, both for library and other purposes -- will there be more, or less space devoted to the book collections
The new library will have approximately 5% more shelving than the old library. It will feature separate areas for children, teens, and adults. There will be eight collaboration rooms, a program room for children, an area where patrons can use laptops and other mobile devices, study tables, computer tables, and lounge furniture for children, teens, and adults, two quiet study rooms, a media/maker space area, and a multipurpose room that will be used for staff conferences and public programs. Library patrons will be able to self-checkout materials on computers positioned throughout the building and will receive service at information and circulation service points close to the front door. The book drop will be accessible on the plaza drop off area near one of the three entrances to the building. ADA accessible parking spaces will be available on the plaza and in the parking garage.
3. Could we get more detail about the recreational facilities, both indoor and outdoor?
The recreation component will include on the first floor a large lobby with offices and front service counter, a game room, full size gymnasium, and a café space on the first floor along with restrooms and service areas. The second floor will provide exercise and weight rooms, a walking track around the gymnasium, multiple activity rooms, a large social hall, a full service commercial style kitchen, a movement studio (dance/exercise), community lounge, and classrooms.

In the adjacent exterior area, we will provide an age appropriate playground along with grassy space, where large trees have been preserved to provide shade. This Park-owned space will have parking to support public use of the park area, as well as the Library and Community Recreation Center.

A more complete description and civil/architectural drawings and renderings can be found on the Architectural Images Tab on this page.
4. Exactly what and where public input can occur?
Several public meetings were conducted over the past two years in which the County invited community input. At this point, there is little opportunity for additional input. The project was authorized and funded by the County Executive and County Council, is fully designed, and been reviewed and permitted by the Department of Permitting Services and M-NCPPC. A public procurement was issued, construction contract awarded, and the facility is currently under construction. For ongoing status updates of the progress of the construction you are welcome to review this project's website.

Public input will soon be sought in selection of some library furniture. DGS will be placing furniture samples and fabrics in the Interim Wheaton Library this fall to solicit public feedback via an online Survey Monkey. Your feedback will help inform us in the selection of library furniture.
5. Exactly where are you in the process of rebuilding the library?
As stated above, the project is fully funded, designed, and permitted. A public procurement was issued, construction contract awarded, and the facility is currently under construction
6. What percent complete in terms of design and construction/implementation?
Phase I of the project is 95% complete. This work involved construction of a wall buffering neighboring residences from the site, the relocation of Hermitage Road including sidewalk and street lights, and the construction of the new crosswalk in Arcola Avenue. The only remaining work is landscaping and a final road surface topping. Pepco will energize the Street lights as part its utility work on the site

Phase II of the project includes demolition of the old library, construction of the new combined Library and Community Recreation Center, and adjacent open space. This work is in its early stages and is 9% complete.

All work will be completed in spring 2019.

Please view the Status Tab on this page for current project information
7. What decisions have been made, and what decisions remain to be made?
As stated above, the only remaining decisions relate to library furniture selection, for which we will soon be seeking public input as described above.
8. Is there going to be adequate parking at the new facility?
There is adequate parking for the visitors to the facility. There are 174 parking spaces in the garage and 70 surface parking spaces.
9. Is there going to be a pottery studio in the new facility?
Yes, there is going to be a pottery studio at Wheaton. There is space and power for 3 kilns and 5 overhead cord reels which would supply power for a minimum of 5 pottery wheels. There is however room to add extra pottery wheels should class size and demand warrant it.