Takoma Park Maryland Library · 101 Philadelphia Avenue · Takoma Park Maryland 20912 USA · 301.891.7259


HISTORY

We are an independent municipal library, a department of the City of Takoma Park. We have never been a branch of a larger library system.

picture of original library building

The Takoma Park Women's Club sponsored a project organizing a library for Takoma Park, Maryland, in 1935. A. L. Conger provided a house on Jackson Avenue as a temporary site. The town council donated $100, and about 200 books were collected to start the Library.

In 1955, the new Takoma Park Maryland Library building at Philadelphia and Maple Avenues was dedicated and opened with about 30,000 volumes. Ruth B. Pratt, one of the founders of the library in 1935, served as librarian for 28 years. In 1963 the Library became a department of the city government, after being operated by the Takoma Park Maryland Library Association for 28 years.

We are still located in the 1955 library building, though our collection size has doubled.

There are no signs on the building, or on the street, telling you that this is the library. You can recognize us by wonderful community-built mosaic on our southeast side and by the 101 Philadelphia sign near our front door.

map and street view

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