Jarrettsville Branch Library
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” -Jorge Luis Borges
In early 2000 the county purchased the Manorwood Center property in the village of Jarrettsville and in 2001 also acquired additional adjacent land for a library site. The design contract was awarded to Edmeades and Strohmdahl, Ltd. Architects/Planners AIA and the construction contract was awarded to Southway Builders.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 30, 2004. In anticipation of completion of the library, the Harford County Public Library Foundation and the Jarrettsville Friends conducted a fundraising campaign that exceeded its goal raising more than $100,000. The Jarrettsville Branch of Harford County Public Library was opened to the public on May 1, 2006 with a grand opening ceremony held May 24, 2006.
The 14,065 square foot library is designed in Arts and Crafts style with an expansive, airy interior, achieved by numerous windows allowing for natural light to enter the building. A hierarchy of ceiling heights creates open spaces. Carrying the Arts and Crafts theme through the interior is a large light fixture affixed to the ceiling center. The branch’s geothermal HVAC system has been awarded the Harford County “Green Star” in recognition of environmental stewardship. The comfortable yet modern facility is a natural fit to its rural community.
The library features a fireside reading area, a glassed-in teen room, public access computers, and a public meeting room accommodating up to 150. Portraits of Luther and Julia Ann Scarff Jarrett grace the Magazine Area. Customer service is enhanced by two self checkout stations and a drive-through window offering service as well as drive-up book returns.