New $7.2 million library in Mahtomedi planned

Washington County is preparing to begin construction of a new $7.2 million library in Mahtomedi that officials say will allow them to meet a longstanding need for more space and improved facilities.

In August, contractors will begin demolish the existing 29-year-old library to make way for the new 12,800-square-foot facility, which will be built on the same Stillwater Road site.

The library will close July 20 and reopen in June 2020, officials said.

The new library will include a patio, a children’s room, teen space, a large meeting room, three small study rooms and space for outdoor programs. It also will have greater accessibility, be more energy efficient and have a better layout, which will improve staff efficiency, library officials said.

A portion of the project includes a stormwater drainage route from the pond on the north portion of the Wildwood Library lot to a main storm sewer along Washington County 12 to improve stormwater drainage in the area; the city of Mahtomedi will fund that portion of the project.

During construction, the library will operate out of the Mahtomedi District Education Center, 1520 Mahtomedi Ave. Library users may pick up holds and check out other materials from a small collection during the center’s business hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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