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In July, 1951 the Kingsville Homemakers Club started a community library, open six hours a week, to serve the Kingsville-Perry Hall area. By 1952 this library had 157 readers who had borrowed 4,000 books.

In September, 1952 the Baltimore County Public Library’s first bookmobile started service in the northern part of the county providing service to the area and the community library was closed in April, 1953.

In March, 1962 the Northeastern Library Association was formed by a group of citizens from the Kingsville-Perry Hall-White Marsh-Loreley-Bradshaw-Fork area who felt that the population now justified a branch library.

In November, 1962, through the combined efforts of the Board of Library Trustees and the Northeastern Library Association, funds were made available by the County Executive and the County Council, in the 1963 budget, to lease a building, to purchase furniture and equipment, to provide staff salaries and to purchase an adequate book stock and other materials for a branch in the Perry Hall area.

Source: Welcome to Your New Perry Hall Branch - - Baltimore County Public Library Flyer 1963

"After strong lobbying by groups like Perry Hall Improvement Association, county officials approved a lease for the library in March of 1963. (William) Schaefer demolished the Halbert House, which had deteriorated since its days as a Germantown hotel, and completed the library that summer. The brick, two-story building seemed large enough for the growing community.

Opening ceremonies were held on September 8, 1963, drawing crowds of civic leaders, families and elected officials. Prominent guests included United States Representative Clarence Long and Baltimore County Executive (and future Vice-President) Spiro T. Agnew."

Source: Crossroads. The History of Perry Hall, Maryland. Page 126, David Marks, Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland. 1999 and reprinted 2000.

The groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, March 22, 2008, heralded the start of construction on a new single level, ADA-accessible "green" branch at 9685 Honeygo Boulevard.

Source: Baltimore County Public Library's Branching Out March 2008

The former Perry Hall Branch at 9440 Belair Road closed on January 31, 2009. From February 10 to March 6, 2009, customers were able to return items and pick up reserved items at the new branch's drive-up window. On Monday, March 9, 2009, the doors of a new, much larger 25,000-square-foot Perry Hall Branch opened for full service at 9685 Honeygo Boulevard. Baltimore County Public Library's first "green" branch is more than twice the size of the 10,000-square-foot building it replaced. New features of the single level, ADA-accessible branch include Baltimore County Public Library's first drive-up window, an adult reading room, two group study rooms, a special area for teens and a greatly enlarged children's area and meeting room. Costs include $5.5 million for design and construction, $923,000 for furniture, fixtures and equipment, and $1.2 million for new items in the collection. The official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Monday, March 23, 2009, including elected officials Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, Councilman Vincent Gardina and State Senator Katherine Klausmeier, as well as civic leaders and families.


Source: Baltimore County Public Library News Release March 6, 2009



Revised: July 13, 2015