News Releases

Published on Monday, December 14, 2009
All DC Public Library locations will be closed on the following days:
Fri., December 24 
Sat., December 25
Sun., December 26
Fri., December 31
Sat., January 1
Sun., January 2

Check Hours and Locations for additional holiday hour information.

Number of Books Borrowed City-Wide Doubled Since 2006

Published on Friday, December 11, 2009
On Tuesday, December 15, 2010, the first 100 library users at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will receive thank you gift bags to celebrate the 100-percent increase in the number of books and DVDs borrowed from the DC Public Library since 2006.  Items will include vouchers for an upcoming Georgetown University men’s basketball game. movie passes, and books. The Library will open at noon. 

Interim Location to Open January 11, 2010

Published on Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Petworth Neighborhood Library, located at 4200 Kansas Ave. N.W., will close for renovation at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2009.  An interim location, in the library’s parking lot, will open on Monday, January 11, 2009.

The library will remain in the interim location until spring 2011, when the renovated Petworth Neighborhood Library opens.

Students and Community Gather to Celebrate 2nd Addition to Premiere Campus

Published on Monday, December 7, 2009
Today, Mayor Adrian Fenty joined Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells to celebrate the grand opening of the Northwest One Neighborhood Library.  City officials and members from the surrounding community gathered at the new library, located at 155 L St. NW, to commemorate the occasion with a ribbon cutting.

“I am pleased to celebrate the completion of another addition to the Walker-Jones campus; the first combined library, school and recreation center project in the District,” said Mayor Adrian Fenty.” “This model campus combines all of the facilities needed to build any strong community and will serve as the centerpiece of the Northwest One new community for years to come.”

Interim Location to Open December 21

Published on Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library, located at 115 Atlantic St. S.W. will close for reconstruction beginning Monday, November 30, 2009.   Library services will resume on Monday, December 21, at the Washington Highlands Interim Library, located at 4035 South Capitol St. S.W. 

The library will remain in the interim location until spring 2011, when the new Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library re-opens at its Atlantic Street location. 

Published on Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The DC Public Library, in partnership with Bread for the Soul, will collect new, unwrapped toys and books for children with HIV/AIDS and children whose parents have the disease.  

The toy drive runs from November 27 through December 17 for children one – 12 years old.  Toys and books can be dropped off at any of the 23 public libraries across the District.  Monetary donations can be sent to Bread for the Soul at the following address: 

Bread for the Soul
905 6th Street, S.W., Suite 302B
Washington, DC  20024
(202) 421-8608

Also partnering with the DC Public Library and Bread for the Soul are the Washington Area Sewer Authority, the Department of Public Works and WPFW Radio. 

Published on Thursday, November 5, 2009
The photo archives in the DC Public Library’s Washingtoniana Division contain 1.2 million photographs dating back to the 1800s.  This month, Library images from the civil rights movement and DC’s struggle for Home Rule will be showcased in a new book, "Washington, D.C. Protests: Scenes from Home Rule to the Civil Rights Movement.”  

Book Cover

Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Starting November 15, public parking in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library garage will no longer be permitted. This change is due to the library’s FY 2010 budget reduction. The library, located at 901 G St. N.W., is close to the Metro Center and Gallery Place Metro stations. In addition, there is paid parking available nearby.

Published on Monday, November 2, 2009
Know a young person who can’t stop talking about a book that changed their life?  The DC Public Library wants to know about it. 

Letters About Literature, a national writing contest, invites young readers to write a letter to an author explaining how their book has impacted their life.  Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the DC Public Library, and Target, the contest is open to elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Art Contest to Benefit Jolie-Pitt Founded Foundation

Published on Tuesday, October 27, 2009
As kids across the city look for Halloween celebrations and activities, the DC Public Library offers an art activity with a twist. Drawing a picture of a monster at the DC Public Library will raise money for charity and help support needy children around the world. 
The “Make My Own Monster Halloween Contest” is a partnership between Global Action for Children, a nonpartisan coalition organization founded by the Jolie-Pitt Foundation and the North American Bear Company. Children under 12 years of age who attend Halloween activities at the DC Public Library will draw monsters on an entry form. These drawings will be collected by Global Action for Children. For each monster drawing that is submitted, the North American Bear Company will donate $1.00 to Global Action for Children.