News Releases

Published on Friday, October 2, 2009

Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, the DC Public Library’s hours will change at all locations.   

Library service will continue to be offered seven days a week. The hour changes include:

Neighborhood Libraries

  • Closed on Sundays beginning Oct. 11.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

  • Open on Sundays from 1p.m. – 5 p.m. all year long
  • Closed on Monday and Tuesday mornings, opening instead from noon – 9 p.m.

The library’s hours changed in order to operate within the District’s FY2010 budget, which was reduced by nearly 11%, or $4.8 million, from the FY2009 budget.

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Published on Friday, October 2, 2009

Why did library hours change?
The change in hours is the result of a nearly 11 percent or $4.8
million budget reduction. While the library is facing a tough budget
year, we are committed to keeping the library open for as many hours as
possible. Seventy percent of the library’s budget is spent on staff,
and most staff serve the public directly. Reducing this cost means
reducing the hours libraries can be open. Even with the reduction,
library service is available to District residents seven days a week.

What are the new hours?

New Library to Open December 2010

Published on Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Improving libraries across the District took another step forward as Mayor Adrian Fenty, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and members of the Board of Library Trustees were joined by noted architect Philip Freelon to break ground on the new Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library this morning.

“The Tenley community has active library users that have gone without full library service for too long,” said Ginnie Cooper.  “In addition to finding the books and DVDs that they want in their new library, users will love the spaces for the community to meet, for little ones to develop a love of reading, and for teens to hang out and do homework.”

The new library will open in December 2010 and will feature:

Express Yourself @ Your Library Summer Reading Program Celebrates Teen Readers

Published on Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Express Yourself @ Your Library DCPL’s teen summer reading program is comprised of three parts: a reading component, writing book reviews, and special programs or workshops.  The reading component has graduated levels in which teens are encouraged to read at least six books and keep a log of what of they have read. For every two books read, a teen earns an incentive. 

Teens were encouraged to submit a book review of a book that they felt most affected them.  At the end of the summer, a panel of judges chose the best reviews and winners received the following prizes:

Grand Prize - 1 Dell Laptop Computer
First Place Prizes - 4 Mini Laptops
Second Place Prizes - 11 Mini Camcorders

Grand Prize Winner
Prize: Dell Laptop computer
C. Dohawk

Library Faces $4.8 Million Budget Reduction

Published on Thursday, September 17, 2009
As a result of DC Public Library’s FY 2010 budget, the library plans to change hours and some services starting October 5, the beginning of the District’s 2010 fiscal year.

“We appreciate the Mayor’s and City Council’s commitment to libraries,” said DC Public Library’s Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper.  “We know these tough economic times have required them to make difficult budget decisions.”

The District’s pending FY2010 budget reduces the library’s budget by nearly 11% or $4.8 million from the FY2009 budget. Additionally, the library will absorb increases in costs such as rent, utilities and phone.  Though the library has worked to minimize the impact, the reductions will affect how library services are provided to D.C. residents.

$10 Million Construction Project to Build Capacity and Expand Contracting Opportunities

Published on Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The DC Public Library, in partnership with the Department of Local Small Business Development, launched a new Mentor-Protégé program designed to identify small, certified local businesses to be mentored by larger businesses with the goal of creating more opportunities for smaller firms to work on government contracts.  Under the program, Coakley & Williams, Inc., will partner with Blue Skye Development, LLC, to build the new Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library, and Hess Construction will partner with Broughton Construction Company LLC to build the new Francis A. Gregory Library. 

Books and Databases Make Homework Easier

Published on Thursday, August 27, 2009

(Washington, DC)  As students in the District return to classes, parents begin their search for homework help. The DC Public Library offers many tools to help students.  

“Students can find people, books and tools that make homework easier,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian at the DC Public Library.  “When students understand their homework, their grades and attitude toward learning improves.”  

Tools the library has to offer include:

The 2009 Winner of Urban Libraries Council Highsmith Award for Excellence Provides Part-Time, Year-Round Employment for High-School Age DC Residents

Published on Friday, August 14, 2009
(Washington) – The DC Public Library’s Teens of Distinction Program is accepting applicants. The 2009 winner of Urban Libraries Council Highsmith Award for Excellence, the Teens of Distinction program, provides part-time, year-round employment for high-school age DC residents.  

The program provides academically successful teens premium wages for jobs and leadership opportunities. The teens will assist with customer service, collections management and special programming. Teens will also create teen-centered programming and identify ways to improve library service to teens.   

Applicants must be:
  • 16-19 years old
  • District of Columbia residents
  • Have a GPA above 2.5 (if they’re out of school, a high school diploma, a GED, or proof of enrollment in a GED program is required)

Published on Friday, August 7, 2009
Please visit to try out our new website! It includes lots of exciting new features, such as:
  • An improved catalog with a simplified hold process
  • Author information (where available) for items in our catalog
  • An online meeting room reservation system
  • Pages dedicated to your local library
  • Booklists and reader’s advisories
  • Streamlined calendar of events
Soon there will be even more capabilities to help you get the most out of your library.

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Published on Saturday, July 25, 2009
View the library's reading list by grade.

DC Public Library and D.C. Public Schools developed these reading lists for your reading pleasure. Search the library’s online catalog for these books.

First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade