News Releases

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.

Published on Monday, December 20, 2010
Don't be shocked to see President Obama or Oprah at a library next month.  It's part of "Guess Who?" a contest organized with Madame Tussauds Washington DC.
The contest, which runs through March 2, will showcase the books, CDs, DVDs, audio devices and other items available at District libraries. 
"We've been saying that books are just the beginning of what you can get at the Library for quite some time," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library.  "With the help of our friends at Madame Tussauds, people across the city will discover the many ways that they can learn or be entertained."

Published on Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty joined Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and District leaders in breaking ground on the new Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library at 3660 Alabama Ave., S.E. this morning.  
The new 20,000 square foot library is the 14th library construction project began during the Fenty administration as part of the city’s continued effort to improve the District’s library system. 
“Every neighborhood in the District deserves world-class amenities,” says Mayor Fenty.  "With each new library, residents are seeing firsthand that the District is committed to giving them the best resources possible.”

Published on Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The Tenley-Friendship Interim Library, located at 4200 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. will close Thursday, December 30 at 5:30 p.m.  Library services will resume on Monday, January 24, 2011 at the new Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, located at 4450 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.

Published on Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Libraries that are scheduled to open at 9:30 a.m. will open at 11:30 a.m. today.  Libraries scheduled to open at 1:00 p.m. will open at regularly scheduled time.

Published on Monday, November 22, 2010
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 charity drive runs from Nov. 29 through Dec. 16 for children and teenagers.  Toys and books can be dropped off at any of the public libraries across the District.  

Published on Monday, November 15, 2010
On Friday, Dec. 3, all D.C. public libraries will be closed for staff training.    The library will re-open on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 9:30 a.m. Books, CDs, and DVDs due on Dec. 3 can be returned on Dec. 4 without incurring late fees.  

Published on Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Benning Neighborhood Library, where reusing books occurs regularly, was honored for a different kind of recycling today. U.S. Green Building Council President Rick Fedrizzi presented the library’s architect Davis Brody Bond Aedas with the 2010 IceStone Installation Competition Grand Prize.