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Building for the Future: Wildwood Library

Posted on: June 22, 2020

Wildwood Library to reopen July 20

Photo of shelves full of books inside Wildwood Library.

Wildwood Library will officially reopen to the public with limited capacity on Monday, July 20.

As with all Washington County branches, the new library will reopen with limited capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, visitors can enjoy picking up holds, browsing materials, and using computers in the new building. Given the restrictions on large, public gatherings due to COVID-19, a grand opening celebration is tentatively planned for late August.

The 12,800 square foot library features a children’s room and teen space, a patio, a meeting room, three small study rooms, and space for outdoor programs. It was also built with accessibility improvements, greater energy efficiency, and an upgraded layout to improve staff efficiency.

 “The new Wildwood Library is an investment in the health and well being of our community,” said Commissioner Stan Karwoski, District 2. “The library will be a beautiful space for our residents to gather, learn, and grow.”

The former building, which had been built in 1990, needed substantial repairs and upgrades. In July 2019, the Washington County Board of Commissioners approved contracts to rebuild the library completely and construction began in August. A portion of the project included storm drainage improvements funded in partnership with the City of Mahtomedi.

Wildwood Library will initially reopen with the same modified hours as all Washington County Library branches:

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 7 p.m.

Find more information at WashCoLib.org/FuturePhoto of the exterior of Wildwood Library.

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