News Releases

Published on Thursday, May 12, 2011

People who suffer sudden cardiac arrest at District libraries now have access to Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) at all locations thanks to a partnership between the Federation of Friends of DC Public Library, Mended Hearts, Inc. and The George Washington University Cheney Cardiovascular Institute.             

“Sudden cardiac arrest can happen anywhere, at any time,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia.  “Thanks to this generous donation, the library and its staff are ready to assist should the need arise.”                       

Published on Monday, May 9, 2011

On May 6, Mayor Vincent C. Gray was joined by Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, Council Member Yvette Alexander, Council Member Muriel Bowser and the National Council of Negro Women's Vice Chair Dr. Thelma Daley to celebrate renaming the Benning Neighborhood Library in honor of the late civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy Height.   A photograph of Height will be a permanent fixture in the Library.

"Today, it is my pleasure to publicly thank Dr. Height for her leadership and to say that her legacy lives on through the many people who use this and every library in the District," says Mayor Gray.

"Because libraries address many of the causes that Dr. Height considered important, it is fitting that a library bears her name," said Ginnie Cooper.

Published on Wednesday, April 6, 2011

If the Federal government shutdown takes effect Friday, April 8, at midnight, the DC Public Library will close all locations as well as cancel community meetings and library programs. However, late fines will not accrue on checked-out books, CDs and DVDs. 

Because Congress approves the District’s budget, the city is treated as a federal agency. As a result, the library will not be able to operate during the government shutdown. Libraries would be closed beginning Saturday, April 9, until Congress reaches an agreement. If a shutdown occurs, only limited library personnel will be permitted to work. The essential personnel would include select library police and facilities staff.

Published on Thursday, March 10, 2011
On Friday, April 15, Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Barack Obama, will visit the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library and read from her debut children's book Ladder to the Moon.

The book was inspired by her young daughter Suhaila's questions about her grandmother, Ann Dunham. The book begins by asking, "What was Grandma Annie like?" That night, Suhaila climbs a golden ladder to the moon, where she finds her grandmother. A lyrical story relaying the loving wisdom of their late mother and dealing with the loss of loved ones unfolds.   

Soetoro-Ng is visiting the library in celebration of National Library Week. A book signing will follow.   

Published on Monday, February 28, 2011

Joined by Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, federal leaders and job seekers, Mayor Vincent C. Gray reopened the Petworth Neighborhood Library this morning and emphasized the DC Public Library’s role in workforce development.

"Reducing unemployment in the District requires residents to have the training and the educational requirements that employers seek," said Mayor Gray. “For many in the District, neighborhood libraries are the best locations to develop the skills needed to be more marketable candidates.”

"The library's staff, collections and computers are here to help people find a job, change careers, or learn more about skills employers need," said Ginnie Cooper. "Workforce development is a citywide effort and the library is happy to help residents use the information learned and the technology available at their library to find work."

Published on Friday, February 25, 2011

The West End Library will open at noon on Fri., February 25 because of emergency maintenance work

Published on Monday, January 31, 2011

The DC Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 26, 2011, will be held Wednesday, February 9 at 6:00 pm in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. 

Published on Monday, January 24, 2011
Joined by city leaders at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library opening, Mayor Gray outlined how the DC Public Library supports education.
The new Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library features 55,000 books, CDs, DVDs and other library materials; 32 public access computers and free Wi-Fi Internet access; a large programming room for up to 100 people;  two conference rooms for up to 14 people; and study rooms.    
“Continuing to improve education in the District of Columbia aggressively is one of my top priorities” said Mayor Gray.   “The Library is an important part of the comprehensive approach to education that makes our residents more likely to be civically engaged and that contributes to our economic recovery.”

Published on Thursday, December 30, 2010
DC Public Library users with iPhones or Android devices now have another way to check out books. A software upgrade allows them to browse and download eBooks from the library's catalog to their handheld devices.

OverDrive, the library’s partner for eBooks, audio books, music, and video, has released Overdrive Media Console v. 2.0. The new software gives iPhone, iPod touch and Android users access to the DC Public Library’s extensive eBook collection. In addition, a new feature called "Get Books" connects DC Public Library card holders directly to the online catalog, where they can check out and wirelessly download an eBook.

Published on Monday, December 27, 2010
In an article praising the innovative civic buildings opened in 2010, The Wall Street Journal named the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library as one of the year’s best.