News Releases

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.

Library to Forgive Overdue Fines With Check It In Campaign

Beginning Monday through Feb. 5, 2012, the DC Public Library will forgive fines on overdue, lost or damaged books, CDs, DVDs, and other library materials.  The campaign, titled "Check It In" aims to encourage users who have avoided the library because of outstanding fines or fees to return and use the library.

Download Music for Free at DC Public Library

The DC Public Library now offers library cardholders access to more than 2 million songs to download on their MP3 players or computers.  Library users can keep the music they download.  The files never expire.Music from Sony Music's vast music collection and more than 10,000 independent labels are available at the library.  Library users with valid library cards can download up to three music tracks each week — 156 songs a year —at no cost from the library’s website, dclibrary.org.  Songs can be searched by artist, song title and genre. 

DC Public Library Collects Toys and Books for Children With HIV/AIDS

The DC Public Library, in partnership with Bread for the Soul, will collect new, unwrapped toys and books for children with HIV/AIDS and children whose parents have the disease. The toy drive runs through December 14 for children one – 12 years old.  Toys and books can be dropped off at any library location.  Monetary donations can be sent to Bread for the Soul at the following address:Bread for the Soul905 6th Street, S.W., Suite 302BWashington, DC  20024(202) 421-8608

DC Public Library Celebrates Clerc-Gallaudet Week

On Saturday, December 3, the DC Public Library will honor the legacy of Laurent Clerc and Thomas H. Gallaudet with a program called “Deaf Education and American Sign Language.”Originated by the Library in December 1974, the Clerc-Gallaudet Week promotes library awareness in the deaf community and deaf awareness in the library community.   Every year, notable achievers from the deaf community are honored.   Six deaf speakers from the Washington Metropolitan area will participate this year.

Urban Land Institute Releases Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Assessment Findings

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) presented its findings and recommendations today at a public meeting on the use and potential of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building.   The ULI findings are designed to help guide District leaders and residents in making decisions about the use of the building.

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