News Releases

Library Reduces Staff, Programs for Fiscal Year 2011 Budget

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.

DC Public Library Associate Director Named PLA Leadership Fellow

Will Attend Harvard University Program

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.      

Francis A. Gregory Interim Library Opening Delayed

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.   

The Mt. Pleasant Interim Library is Open

The Mt. Pleasant Interim Library, located at 3162 Mt. Pleasant Street N.W., will reopen on Saturday, May 15.  Repairs to the building’s rear will be completed.   The Library’s Saturday hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Mt. Pleasant Interim Library Temporarily Closed

On Tuesday afternoon, a SUV struck the Mt. Pleasant Interim Library, located at 3162 Mt. Pleasant Street N.W.  The impact damaged the rear of the building.  The Library is temporarily closed until repairs are completed which is estimated to take at least a week.  The closest alternate libraries are Cleveland Park Library at 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW and Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Interim Library at 945 Rhode Island Avenue, NW.

Mt. Pleasant Interim Library Closed

The Mt. Pleasant Interim Library, located at 3162 Mt. Pleasant Street N.W., is closed due to damage to the back of the library. The Library is working with the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to determine when the library will re-open. The closest alternate libraries are Cleveland Park Library at 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW and Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Interim Library at 945 Rhode Island Avenue, NW.  

Study Finds Many People use DC Public Library Computers to Find Jobs

A recent study shows that 40 percent of computer users at the D.C. Public Library use the computers to research and apply for jobs and 20 percent of them report that they found jobs as a result.

Francis A. Gregory Interim Library Opens May 17

The Francis A. Gregory Interim Library, located at 2100 36th Pl. S.E. (near the Anne Beers school) will open on May 17. The interim library will remain open during the construction of the NEW Francis Gregory Library. The new library will open in summer 2011.

A Great Day in Anacostia: New Public Library Opens

The new Anacostia Neighborhood Library opened its doors this morning.  Mayor Adrian Fenty, Council Chairman Vincent Gray, Councilmember Harry Thomas, Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, Architect Phil Freelon, and members of the District of Columbia Board of Library Trustees joined in the celebration at 1800 Good Hope Road, S.E.

Noted Authors to Discuss Romania’s Post-Communist Success

In the 20 years since Romanians overthrew dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu’s Communist totalitarianism, Romania has become a thriving democracy and an economic success. What’s the story behind the Romanian miracle?Former United States ambassador to Romania Jim Rosapepe and his wife, award-winning journalist Sheilah Kast, discuss Romania’s growth based on their book “Dracula is Dead: How Romanians Survived Communism, Ended it, and Emerged Since 1989 as the New Italy” at Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library on Thursday,  May 13th at 7:00 p.m.

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