Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced plans Friday to renovate and expand the Hereford Library branch, including additional parking for visitors.
The county purchased the 15,168-square-foot library last December, which includes an adjacent 1,320-square-foot property currently leased to a private tenant.
The county will let leases for the upper floor of the library and the adjacent property expire to allow for expansion and renovation.
“The commitment to expand library services for the people in this area of Baltimore County is significant,” said Kamenetz in a statement. “Some of our finest schools in the county are in the Hereford area, and having a permanent home for the Hereford Library sends another strong signal about Baltimore County’s commitment to life-long learning.”
The Hereford Library expansion announcement comes a year after the Owings Mills Library branch opening. Kamenetz said one of his first priorities upon his 2010 election was to jumpstart the branch, whose construction had been stalled for more than a decade.
The costs of renovations are expected to be included in Kamenetz’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget, to be presented to the district council in April. Baltimore County’s Public Library system receives some of the strongest support in the nation from local government. In the current fiscal year, the county provided just under $43 million in funding for library services.