News Releases

Award-Winning Design One Step Closer to Being Finalized

Published on Tuesday, July 21, 2009

(Washington) - The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) endorsed the D.C. Public Library’s concept designs of the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood Library at its July 16 meeting.  This allows the award-winning design created by architects CORE and HMA2 to continue to move toward final concept approval.

“The library looks forward to using the CFA’s comments on the building's exterior to create a design that is compatible with the original Carnegie building,” says Jeff Bonvechio, director of Capital Construction at the D.C. Public Library.  Using the feedback received Thursday, the library will prepare for concept/final at the CFA’s September meeting.

Published on Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Touch gorgeous images of galaxies in tactile displays for the blind and visually impaired at the DC Public Library. Five large-scale tactile images with Braille captions, accompanied by eight visual images, will be on exhibit from July 18 through mid-September at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009, the images are a part of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory's "From the Earth to the Universe" project on tour with support from NASA. The exhibit is in the located on the Second Floor, West Lobby. For library hours and nearest metro, call 202-727-0321, or visit

WHAT:       Touch the Invisible Sky
WHEN:       July 18, 2009 to mid-September 2009

Teens of Distinction Program Earns 2009 Award for Excellence

Published on Tuesday, July 14, 2009

(Washington) – The DC Public Library’s Teens of Distinction Program received the 2009 Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Highsmith Award for Excellence at the ULC’s annual conference on July 12.  The award honors the leading urban and metropolitan library youth development program in North America.   

The Teens of Distinction program provides part-time, year-round employment for high-school age D.C. residents.  The library designed the program to attract academically successful teens by providing premium wages for jobs and leadership opportunities.  The teens - who assist with customer service, collections management and special programming - have been instrumental in creating teen-centered programming and pinpointing ways to improve library service to teens.    

Published on Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), in collaboration with DC Public Library, is seeking East-of-the-River artists, including writers, to submit proposals for four prominent areas inside the new Benning and Anacostia libraries, which are expected to open in spring 2010. The proposed artwork sites provide artists and writers the opportunity to display their work in a large-scale format in a public building.

There are two designated places for art in each building: one is in or near the children’s area and the other is in the adult area of the library. Both libraries have very open floor plans; therefore the artist must be sensitive that the children’s art will be seen from the adult area and vice versa. More detailed descriptions of the art spaces are outlined later in this document.

Works of Late Swedish Artist and Sculptor Carl Kohler Featured

Published on Thursday, July 2, 2009

Who:              D.C. Public Library, Embassy of Sweden

What:             Hosts Opening Reception for the Carl Kohler exhibit, “Beyond the Words”

When:            Tue. July 7, 6:00 p.m.

Where:           Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
                       Great Hall
                       901 G St. N.W.

Many libraries count works by authors like Joyce, Beckett and Kafka in their collections.  From July 1 until August 30, the D.C. Public Library will highlight these and other literary giants as interpreted by the late Swedish artist and sculptor Carl Kohler.  The exhibit will showcase Kohler’s work with oil and ink collage and his experiments with expressionists techniques on subjects found in the worlds of literature, music, dance and theater.  

Published on Monday, June 1, 2009

Who:               Michele Pierce Burns, Author and Autism Activist

What:              Discusses and signs copies of her book, DANSON: the Extraordinary Discovery of an                                Autistic Child’s Innermost Thoughts and Feelings.

When:             Sat., June 13, 12 p.m.

Where:            Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library

                        5625 Connecticut Ave. N.W.

                        Washington, DC

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is closed on Sundays

Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The main building of the DC Public Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (MLK), is closed on Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Please check the Hours and Locations section of our Website for Sunday hours after Labor Day 2009.  

Published on Friday, May 22, 2009

(Washington) - The Commission of Fine Arts endorsed the D.C. Public Library’s concept designs of the Washington Highlands and Francis A. Gregory neighborhood libraries at its May meeting.  This allows the world-renowned architect David Adjaye to move forward with developing final design plans.

“We are delighted that the Library is moving one step closer to building these new libraries,” said Ginnie Cooper chief librarian for the DC Public Library.  “Library users in the District deserve world-class buildings and David’s designs will offer these neighborhoods an innovate space that will serve them well into the future.’  

At the meeting Thursday, the library was praised for selecting high-caliber architects to design neighborhood libraries.  When approving the Adjaye concept designs, the commission noted, “this could be the golden age of libraries in the District.”  

Help available to prepare District residents for June 12 transition

Published on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The D.C. Public Library in partnership with Radio Shack and the Maryland, D.C. and Delaware Broadcasters Association, is hosting DTV conversion workshops beginning May 13, 2009.  The workshops are designed to help residents prepare for the digital television conversion on June 12.  

While the federal government has mandated that all full-power television stations begin broadcasting only in digital on June 12, many local households are not prepared to receive digital signals. In DC, 82,000 households are not connected to a converter box, cable, satellite or other subscription service needed to receive digital television programming.  In addition, 342,000 DC households have only upgraded some of their television equipment.

Do you use your public library's Website, computers or Internet access?

Published on Monday, May 11, 2009

From May 11 to May 25, the D.C. Public Library is participating in a nationwide Internet survey to find out how people use the free computers and Internet connections in public libraries.  The U.S. IMPACT Web survey is being conducted by the University of Washington Information School with support from the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation.

The survey is available on the D.C. Public Library’s website,  All information collected is anonymous and the survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete.