News Releases

Libraries Open: Two Hour Delay

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. 

D.C. Chief Librarian Testifies At U.S. Department of Education Hearing

DC Public Library’s Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper testified recently at a U.S. Department of Education hearing urging the Obama administration to require that state libraries play a role in education programs that improve literacy.             The U.S.

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 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.  

DC Public Library to Close for Staff Training

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.  

Benning Neighborhood Library Reuses More Than Books

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.

In Georgetown, What’s Old Is New Again

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.

DC Public Library Accepts Visa and MasterCard

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.

Take Time to Read at DC Public Library Read-In

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.”

Confucius Commemorated with Memorial Ceremony at Library

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. 

Georgetown Interim Library Closing

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. The renovated three-story library will add many modern improvements including:Better lighting Dedicated space for teens Improved ADA access A new outdoor reading terrace overlooking Book Hill Park A new bright, spacious children’s room 

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