News Releases

Library Launches New Fee System

To serve customers better, the DC Public Library will implement a new fee policy for overdue or lost books starting Friday, April 6. 

Library to Upgrade Catalog

The DC Public Library is upgrading its catalog system on Thursday, March 22.  During the upgrade customers will not be able to download ebooks or music, place holds on books or other library materials, or register for a library card.The improved catalog system will be available on Friday, March 23.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Library Releases Final Report on MLK Building Study

Launches Review to Test Report Findings

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) released its final report today after conducting a week-long review of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building last November. Based on the results of the ULI report, the DC Public Library will begin an in-depth analysis next month to determine the feasibility and cost of implementing the scenarios."The analysis is the next step in a long process that will help us figure out how to make the District's central library a spectacular place for residents," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the District of Columbia.

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library to Close Temporarily

The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library will be closed Monday, Feb. 27 – Wednesday, Feb. 29 to improve the sewage equipment in order to handle more capacity.  The Library will re-open on Thursday, March 1.  Library users are encouraged to use and can pick up holds at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Team for Northeast Library Renovation Selected

The DC Public Library has selected Whiting-Turner Construction and RBK Construction, with Bell Architects and Vines Architecture, as the design/build team for the Northeast Library Interior Renovation.  Located at  330 7th Street NE, the Northeast Neighborhood Library is the fourth oldest public library building in the city still in operation.  The Georgian Revival style building, which first opened in 1932, will be modernized to provide state-of-the-art library services, while retaining the building's historic character. 

Photo/Film Requests

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 WilliamsMedia Relations ManagerDesk: 202-727-1184Mobile: 202-596-0345E-mail: George.Williams2@dc.govPlease include the following information in the request:

Anacostia and Shaw Libraries Win Gold For Environmental Design

The Anacostia and Watha T. Daniel/Shaw libraries have been awarded LEED Gold for environmentally-friendly design.  They’re the 224th and 225th buildings, respectively, in D.C. to be certified as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design buildings, and the 10th and 11th District government buildings, respectively, to receive Gold certifications.

Bellevue Library Opening Delayed

The opening of the new Bellevue Neighborhood Library at 115 Atlantic St., SW, originally scheduled to open February 21, has been postponed due to a manufacturing delay.  The Washington Highlands Interim Library at 4037 S. Capitol St., SW will remain open. For updates, visit dclibrary.org.

Washington Highlands Interim Library Closing

New Bellevue Library Opens February 21

The Washington Highlands Interim Library, at 4037 S. Capitol St. SW, will close on Saturday, January 28 at 5:30 p.m.  Library services will resume on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at the new Bellevue Neighborhood Library at 115 Atlantic St. SW.

Prestigious National Award Goes to D.C. Librarian

The prestigious Carnegie Corporation of New York and New York Times "I Love My Librarian" award goes to D.C. public librarian Venetia V. Demson.  Demson is one of 10 librarians in the country and the first in this region to receive this annual award.

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