As the Washington County Free Library approaches its centennial anniversary, the library building is in need of renovation and expansion, the library's director said Tuesday.
"We're too small," said Mary Baykan of the county library's main building at 100 S. Potomac St.
In addition to basic refurbishing of furniture, paint and flooring, the building needs more public space, Baykan said.
A consultant will be hired to determine the best way to expand. Options include adding space off the front or adding a second-floor overhang in the back above the lower parking lot, Baykan said. No cost estimates were available.
"We are probably the major anchor to the downtown area. It would be extremely problematic for downtown to lose the library's presence," Baykan said.
The library moved to South Potomac Street in 1965 after outgrowing the county's original library space at 21 Summit Ave.
The current building's most recent addition was construction in 1979 of the mezzanine area, which provided additional seating and office space for the state-funded regional library located in the same building, Baykan said.