Newly Renovated Reisterstown Library Now Open

September 14, 2021 | By Baltimore County Public Library

childrens seating area inside of library

Updated children's area with new seating, game table and KEVA planks

Our Reisterstown Branch is officially open to the public after a 14-month renovation. The library, which opened in 1961 with the former Franklin Academy (built in 1820) as its two-story, core structure, boasts a redesigned floor plan and new features created to meet the needs of community members. 

Featured Amenities

Interior

  • Gutted and remodeled interior on both floors 
  • Enclosure of central courtyard with skylighted roof to create a year-round indoor space 
  • Combined workroom for all staff on the main floor 
  • More seating and workspaces for customers on the main floor 
  • Revamped children’s room 
  • Updated shelving and furnishings throughout 
  • State-of-the-art, energy efficient HVAC and lighting 
  • Preservation Station—A system-first, DIY digitization lab for preserving photos, films and family memories 
  • New features:
    • Upstairs meeting room
    • Upstairs history room
    • Larger teen area
    • Restrooms on both floors 
    • Single-service desk 
    • Quiet study room on the main floor 
    • Open stairway leading from main floor lobby to upper level 

Exterior

  • Repaired and restored bricks and mortar and restored original windows (from the 1820 section of the building) 
  • New sidewalks 
  • Resurfaced and re-striped parking lot and driveway 

Special Thanks

enclosed space with tables

Newly enclosed and skylighted central area with updated seating

A collaborative effort between the Library, Baltimore County Government, the Division of Property Management and the Office of Information Technology, this $3.8 million project is funded by a library capital grant from the Maryland State Library ($1.05 million); County capital budget ($2 million) and the library’s budget ($750,000). JMT Architecture of Hunt Valley designed the space and North Point Builders carried out the construction. 

From the Director

“We are excited to share this transformed space, which has long been a community anchor and popular after-school destination, with our customers,” said library director Sonia Alcántara-Antoine. “This renovation allows us to provide much-needed space, energy efficiency and modern features, while respecting the historical integrity of the building.” 

From the County Executive

computers aligned on desktop

Public computer stations with all new seating

“Our public libraries are critical anchors for our children and families throughout Baltimore County and I am thrilled to celebrate this long-awaited reopening of this beloved branch,” Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “This is an amazing day for the entire Reisterstown community, and we are excited to provide this state-of-the-art renovation which will serve our residents for years to come.” 
 

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