News Releases

Published on Monday, July 19, 2010
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper today joined Ward 8 community members to take another step forward for library improvement in the District as they broke ground on the new Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library at 115 Atlantic St., SW.

“This is another step in bringing world-class amenities to all of the District’s neighborhoods,” says Mayor Fenty.  "When the new library opens, residents will have more convenient access to some of the District’s best community resources.”

New Library Opens August 2

Published on Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library, located at 945 Rhode Island Ave., N.W. will close Tuesday, July 13 at 5:30 pm to move to the new library which is scheduled to open on Monday, Aug. 2.  The new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library will be located at 1630 7th St. N.W., across from the Shaw Metro station. 

Published on Tuesday, June 29, 2010
John Hill, president of the DC Public Library Board of Trustees, has been named the Urban Libraries Council's (ULC) Urban Player for 2010.  The second trustee to be honored in the award’s history, Hill is being recognized for his work in revitalizing the DC Public Library. 

"I am honored to receive this recognition from the ULC and I accept this award on behalf of the DC Public Library," says Hill. "It reflects the dedication of the librarians and staff as well as the city’s commitment to providing outstanding libraries." 

Published on Friday, June 25, 2010
Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) Valerie Santos and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Acting Director Jesús Aguirre joined Ward 7 community members for the grand opening of Deanwood Recreation Center and Library at 1350 49th Street, NE.

The state-of-the-art $32 million, 63,000 square foot facility boasts a leisure swimming pool complete with the District’s first ever water slide, locker rooms, a gymnasium, a full service kitchen, a game room, a senior services area, a music studio, a fitness center, multi-purpose rooms, and a 7,500 square foot library with 20 computers, space for children’s activities, space for teens to study and capacity for 25,000 books.  The facility is LEED Silver certified.

June 24th through June 26th

Published on Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The DC Public Library and Borders have partnered to support the District’s libraries.  From June 24th to June 26th, a percentage of all sales at Borders stores in DC will be donated to the DC Public Library Foundation.  

Help the Library by having coffee, buying a magazine, picking up a new book, a DVD, or special gift!.  Use the coupon at or enter code DCPL6246 at It all helps the library!

DC Locations:

1801 K Street NW (18th & L)
Washington DC  20006

600 14th Street NW
Washington DC  20005

Published on Thursday, June 10, 2010
The Francis Gregory Interim Library, located at 2100 36th Pl. S.E. (near the Anne Beers school) is open.
The Library's schedule is: 
Monday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday  9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday    9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday Closed

The interim library will remain open during the construction of the NEW Francis Gregory Library. The new library will open in summer 2011.  

Published on Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Northwest One Neighborhood Library at 155 L Street NW will be closed on Thursday and Friday, June 10 and 11 for important equipment installation. The closest library locations are Martin Luther King Jr. Library at 901 G St. N.W. and Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library at 945 Rhode Island Ave., N.W.  The Northwest One Neighborhood Library will reopen on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 9:30 a.m.

Published on Tuesday, June 1, 2010
The DC Public Library began staff reductions today as a result of the library’s fiscal year 2011 budget.  Many vacancies will not be filled, and the equivalent of 23.5 full time positions will be eliminated. Because some of the positions are part time, about 40 staff are affected. Programs, such as the Youth Outreach Program, were eliminated and staff realigned in order to keep libraries open as much as possible. Library hours will not be further reduced next year.
In the past three years, the library has reduced spending in all areas due to budget constraints. Library hours were reduced twice, the book budget significantly reduced and the community outreach van eliminated. Additionally, cuts were made in supplies, training and travel.

Will Attend Harvard University Program

Published on Thursday, May 13, 2010
Chang Liu, Associate Director for Neighborhood Library Services at the DC Public Library, has been awarded the Leadership Fellows Scholarship from Public Library Association (PLA).  Liu will attend Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s “Senior Executives in State and Local Government” program this June.      

“I am honored to receive this prestigious scholarship,” said Liu. ”As more District residents rediscover the library, this program will give me new insights on how the library will continue making a difference in people’s lives.”

Published on Thursday, May 13, 2010
Due to electrical and plumbing issues, the Francis Gregory Interim Library, located at 2100 36th Pl. S.E. (near the Anne Beers school) has been delayed.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  We hope to open the interim in the coming days.  
Library users can return or renew books checked out from the Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library at any other D.C. Public Library location or online at  Holds will be available for pick up at the Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library.  The libraries closest to the Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library are the Benning Neighborhood Library at 3935 Benning Rd. N.E., the Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library at 1547 Alabama Ave. S.E. and the Anacostia Neighborhood Library at 1800 Good Hope Road, S.E..