News Releases

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.”

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library Closes July 13

New Library Opens August 2

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. 

Library Board President John Hill Named 2010 Urban Player

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." 

Fenty Officially Opens Deanwood Recreation Center and Library

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.

Shop at Borders and Support the Library

June 24th through June 26th

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.  

Francis A. Gregory Interim Library Open

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 pmTuesday  9:30 am - 5:30 pmWednesday 1:00 pm - 9:00 pmThursday 9:30 am - 5:30 pmFriday    9:30 am - 5:30 pmSaturday 9:30 am - 5:30 pmSunday ClosedThe interim library will remain open during the construction of the NEW Francis Gregory Library. The new library will open in summer 2011.  

Northwest One Neighborhood Library Closed Thursday and Friday

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.

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.