AACPL Opens New $19 Million Riviera Beach Branch


Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) officials have opened the new Riviera Beach Library, the second new facility for the system since 2020. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Maryland Delegate Nic Kipke and County Councilman Nathan Volke provided remarks and joined others in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event also featured a performance by the Northeast High School vocal ensemble and a land acknowledgment.

The new 20,000-square-foot building on the campus of the previous location at 1130 Duvall Highway in Pasadena, doubles the size of the former library and provides greater visibility and more resources. The nautical-themed facility features a large children’s area, four study rooms, a dedicated teen space, 20 public computers, an outdoor patio, a large meeting room and a new collection of books and other materials. Funding for the $19 million project comes from Anne Arundel County and the County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Library Agency.

“I am thrilled to see the completion of this much-needed addition to our community," Pittman said. "The Riviera Beach Library will serve as a hub for learning, creativity and connection for residents of all ages.”

AACPL CEO Skip Auld said, “The Riviera Beach Library is more than just a building filled with books. It is a catalyst for positive change within our community promoting education, inclusivity and empowerment. I appreciate the community’s patience during construction and I know the positive impact this library will have on our customers is sure to be felt for years to come.”

Local architects Grimm and Parker describe the building as having an underwater theme with surfboard-shaped counters and a “boat ceiling”. There are multiple nautical references throughout the library including the use coastal materials, color and finishes with oars and anchors. The design concept ties into the local nautical context and the area's history of being a resort community at the edge of the Chesapeake Bay. The building is expected to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification, a symbol of sustainability achievement.


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