News Releases

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.

Published on Monday, October 18, 2010

The Georgetown Neighborhood library reopened this morning, nearly three and a half years after a devastating fire.  Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was joined by Council Chair Vincent Gray, Councilmember Jack Evans, Councilmember Harry Thomas, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, Fire Chief Dennis Reuben and Georgetown community members for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 3260 R Street, NW.

“In the wake of the 2007 fire, my Administration was absolutely committed to restoring this vital community resource quickly but without compromising the integrity of the building’s historic beauty,” said Mayor Fenty. “Now this grand Georgetown landmark has risen from its ashes and is better than ever before.”

Published on Friday, October 1, 2010
Starting November 1, 2010, library users will be able to pay their fines and fees with their Visa or MasterCard online by logging into their catalog account

Currently, users can continue to pay fines and fees in cash or with a check or money order.  In the next month or so, the procedures will change and cash will no longer be accepted at neighborhood libraries.

Published on Sunday, September 26, 2010

On October 2, stop by your neighborhood library for the first annual Read-In: DC Loves to Read, a city-wide celebration showcasing the joy of reading.

“People may not think they have time to read,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia. “At the Read-In, in addition to having fun reading, people will learn tips on how to weave reading into their busy schedules.”

Advances in technology, such as eBooks and downloadables, allow people to read on the go. And studies have shown that reading for pleasure activates the creative side of the brain, while reading for work or school stimulates the analytical side. By using both sides of the brain, a person is better able to communicate and problem solve.

Published on Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The Washington Metropolitan Association of Chinese Schools will hold a special ceremony celebrating Confucius’ birthday on Saturday, September 25 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. 

Born September 28, 551 BC, Confucius’ was a Chinese philosopher, educator and founder of the Confucian school of thought.  His theories, which advocate peace and social harmony, influenced orthodox ideology in China for more than 2,000 years and have regained interest in China over the recent years. 

Published on Thursday, September 9, 2010
The Georgetown Interim Library, located at 3307 M St. N.W. will close Saturday, September 25. Library services will resume on Monday, October 18 at the renovated Georgetown Neighborhood Library, located at 3260 R St. N.W. 

Fenty Administration Opens Fourth New Library in 2010

Published on Monday, August 2, 2010
Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, DC Public Library Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and District Department of the Environment (DDOE) Director Christophe Tulou joined Ward 2 residents for a ribbon cutting of the new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library at 1630 7th Street, NW. 

"The District has worked hard over the past four years to improve public libraries and facilities,” says Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.  "The new buildings opening this year like this one in Shaw and the ones opening in the coming year are world-class. This is a great day for the Shaw community and the city."

Published on Friday, July 30, 2010
DC Public Library has been awarded a $1.5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act broadband grant to upgrade equipment, increase Internet-connection speeds and increase the number of public-access computers.