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Arundel hosts meetings on Annapolis Library site options

Anne Arundel County library officials are hosting a series of community meetings to share information about the options for a new regional library in Annapolis.

The first meeting was scheduled for Thursday at Annapolis High School, with additional sessions Sept. 9 at Broadneck High School and Sept. 15 at South River High School. All meetings will be held at 7 p.m.

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At each meeting, county library CEO Skip Auld and architects will discuss details of three possible sites for a new library in the Annapolis area: the site of the current library at 1410 West Street, a site adjacent to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Boulevard, and a location at the intersection of Old Solomons Island Road and Somerville Road in the Parole community.

The library system's board of trustees plans to select a final site this fall, with the goal of having the new library completed in 2018 or 2019.

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Library officials have said they've outgrown the West Street library, a 20,900-square-foot building constructed in 1965.

The new library will be much larger and will include a three-story, 325-space parking garage.

Some residents near the West Street library have expressed concerns about the possibility of the library moving out of their neighborhood.

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