Little Falls Library Set To Reopen This Month

Renovations include new furniture, enhanced wi-fi and a teen space


Little Falls Library

Little Falls Library in Bethesda’s Westbard neighborhood will reopen July 29 after undergoing renovations and weathering a setback caused by a busted water pipe.

The refreshed library at 5501 Massachusetts Ave. will have upgraded restrooms, new furniture, a new teen space with young adult books, energy efficient lighting, additional work stations with power outlets, a mobile device charging station and two self-check-out machines.

The county had initially planned to reopen the library earlier this year after beginning renovations last July, but a water pipe that broke in December damaged the lower-level heating, air conditioning and electrical systems and technology network. Those systems had to be replaced.

“The water pipe break caused extensive damage to the [library], which significantly delayed the reopening,” libraries director Parker Hamilton said in a statement.

The state provided $800,000 to renovate the Little Falls Library and the Davis Library on Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda as part of the library system’s ongoing project to renovate and refurbish three libraries per year. The Davis branch reopened in April.

The county will celebrate the Little Falls branch reopening with a ribbon-cutting featuring County Executive Ike Leggett on Aug. 26, but is opening the library in advance so residents can use it this summer.

After the library reopens, the county will begin another renovation project at the Bethesda Library. That work is scheduled to start Aug. 6, after which the library will be closed until the work is completed.

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