News Releases

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 

Lose Yourself in a Book: The Grand Opening of Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library

Fenty Administration Opens Fourth New Library in 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. 

DC Public Library Wins $1.5 Million Stimulus Grant to Increase Computer, Broadband Access

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.

Mayor Fenty Breaks Ground on New Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library

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.”

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