Cleveland Park Library

Cleveland Park Library

Pre-design work has begun

Photo of Cleveland Park Library ExteriorThe Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library has been slated to be rebuilt.

The Library has completed pre-design due diligence work. This work helps eliminate unknown building issues and informs decisions regarding building design. This work helps determine whether the modernization approach is to rebuild or undertake a major renovation. The project is currently funded at $18.6 million.

Due diligence included a thorough building cost-benefit assessment that looked at the entire building. The CBA determines the useful life of the systems and makes recommendations for repair or replacement. The CBA also looks at the library’s Neighborhood Library Building Program and makes recommendations to the level of demolition or renovation needed to meet the program.The library program is the document that determines the amount of square footage needed. All these factors are then given a cost estimate that compares renovation vs. new construction. It is not the only document used to make the choice between demolition/new construction or renovation, but it does help the Library make an informed decision.

The Library issued a Request for Proposal to begin the proces of selecting a design team for the project.

Community Engagement

Community input is a critical part of the design process, starting with the selection of the design team.  The Library will establish a selection panel that includes representatives from the Cleveland Park community to select the architect to design the new Cleveland Park Library.

The Library will continue working with the community to gather input about what spaces and services customers would like to see in the new library. Library staff gave an initial presentation about the process and timeline at a meeting of the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library on March 26, 2014. More than 80 community members participated in the meeting and raised a number of issues including style of architecture, zoning limitations, parking, interest in having space for local archives and more. Read a summary of the questions and answers here.

Questions and comments about the project may be sent to Martha Saccocio at

Read a history of the Cleveland Park Library written in 1996 by the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library in cooperation with library staff.