News Releases

Published on Monday, February 6, 2012

Requests for commercial or news photography or filming at the DC Public Library are approved by the Library’s Office of Communications. 

To obtain permission, send a written request (e-mail is acceptable) to:

George Williams
Media Relations Manager
Desk: 202-727-1184
Mobile: 202-596-0345
E-mail: George.Williams2@dc.gov

Please include the following information in the request:

  • Purpose of the project
  • Preferred date(s) of filming
  • Subject matter
  • Who will be filmed
  • An e-mail and phone number for the person making the request

Important Notes

  • A member of the Library’s Office of Communications will accompany all camera crews and photographers.
  • If library users are to be filmed, a consent form must be signed and a copy provided to the library.

Published on Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thank you for your interest in working with the DC Public Library.  We will respond to all inquiries as quickly as possible.   Please contact George Williams using the information listed below.  If you leave a message or send an e-mail, please include your name, media outlet, deadline and a description of the story you are developing.

George Williams
Media Relations Manager
Desk: 202-727-1184
Mobile: 202-596-0345
Email: George.Williams2@dc.gov

Published on Monday, March 31, 2014

On Tuesday, April 29, all DC Public Library locations will be closed for staff development.  Regular library hours will resume on Wednesday April 30.  Books, CDs, and DVDs due on April 29 can be returned on April 30. 

Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014

On March 25, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan was a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show. Richard was joined by Edwin S. Clay, III, the director of the Fairfax County Public Library System, and Parker Hamilton, the director of the Montgomery County Public Libraries. The guests discussed how libraries are finding new ways to use existing space and managing collections that now include ebooks and video.

To view a transcript or to listen to the interview, click here.

Published on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Unsure of what to do with the boxes of old photos, papers, letters, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia that you or your organization have? Contact the DC Public Library. The items may help future generations learn about African Americans in D.C.
 
The DC Public Library is part of a $496,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to establish the D.C Africana Archives Project. The grant aims to document African American and African culture, history and politics in D.C. through photographs, documents, audio recordings and films held by people and organizations throughout the city.
 

Published on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mayor Vincent C. Gray joined Interim Chief Librarian Joi Mecks and members of the D.C. Public Library (DCPL) Board of Trustees to announce that the team of Martinez + Johnson and Mecanoo Architecture has been selected to renovate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.

Martinez + Johnson is a District-based firm that has extensive experience with historic renovation projects, including DCPL’s Takoma Park and Georgetown libraries. Mecanoo is a Netherlands-based firm whose work includes Boston’s Dudley Municipal Center.

Advisory Panel to Provide Community Perspective

Published on Thursday, February 13, 2014
The DC Public Library has released the names of the Technical Evaluation Committee and the Advisory Panel members for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library architect selection.
 
Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC), with assistance from an Advisory Panel and feedback from the public, will select the final architecture team to renovate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  
 
In December, the Library selected Mecanoo/Martinez + Johnson Architecture; Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross with Krueck +Sexton; and STUDIOS Architecture/The Freelon Group as the final three architect teams.
 
The TEC will review each team’s:

Published on Monday, February 3, 2014

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray joined Interim Chief Librarian Joi Mecks, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells and community leaders to celebrate the completion of renovations at the historic Northeast Library.

The library, which first opened in 1932, is the fourth-oldest D.C. Public Library (DCPL) building still in operation. The renovated building now features state-of-the-art library services and highlights the architectural elements of the Georgian Revival building.

“This gem of a library is now equipped to serve this community well into the future,” said Mayor Gray. “In practical terms, the building’s electrical, heating and air-conditioning systems have been modernized, among other things – enabling this beautiful historic building that has served the Capitol Hill neighborhood for many generations to continue serving it for many more to come.”

Current Brooklyn Public Library Head Chosen as Result of Nationwide Search

Published on Friday, January 10, 2014

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Public Library (DCPL) Board of Trustees announced that Richard Reyes-Gavilan has been named the DCPL’s new Executive Director.
 
Reyes-Gavilan, 44, currently serves as the Chief Librarian for the Brooklyn Public Library, a position he has held since 2011. He was selected from a national search conducted by the DCPL Board of Trustees to replace Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, who retired on October 31, 2013.
 
“Since 2006, the D.C. Public Library system has gone from something overlooked by far too many District residents to being a vital part of communities across our city,” said Mayor Gray. “With Richard taking the helm in March, I’m confident that this transformation will continue, and District residents are going to be impressed and amazed by what their libraries have to offer.”
 

Published on Monday, December 23, 2013

Today the Library selected Mecanoo/Martinez + Johnson Architecture; Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross with Krueck +Sexton; and STUDIOS Architecture/The Freelon Group as the final three architect teams for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation.
 
The finalists will develop two preliminary design ideas: one of a stand-alone library and one of a mixed-use building with additional floors. Both design ideas are intended to show each team’s vision and approach to renovating the central library. No decisions have been made on the type or extent of the renovations or additions to the library.
 

Published on Thursday, November 7, 2013

The DC Public Library Board of Trustees has named Joi Mecks Interim Chief Librarian following the retirement of Ginnie Cooper. Ms. Mecks has served on the senior management team as the library's director of communications since 2008 where she was charged with managing and promoting the library's image and brand.

Prior to joining the DC Public Library, Ms. Mecks served as the Director of Marketing Communications for the Chicago Public Schools where she served and advised then-CEO Arne Duncan, currently the U.S. Secretary of Education.

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