News Releases

Published on Friday, October 23, 2009
While the Library’s reduced budget has changed some of the ways that the it operates, one thing has remained constant.  District residents continue to support the Library as volunteers. 

The Library has always valued volunteers.  They make a real difference to staff and users in tough economic times.  For example, volunteers helped prepare the new Parklands-Turner Library and the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library’s new Teen Space for opening.  This weekend, volunteers will help preserve documents in the Library’s special collections.

Published on Friday, October 23, 2009

November is a busy time for high school seniors.  Many college early admission applications are due.  The November and December SATs loom.  Personal statements and essays have to be written and edited.  At every part of the college application process, the DC Public Library can help students.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library features a College Information Center that helps students find schools that interest them, complete applications, and understand the financial aid process.  Every library location in the District has books that help students prepare for the SAT and learn about potential majors. 

Family-Friendly Activities at DC Public Library

Published on Thursday, October 22, 2009

Before sending your little monsters out for a spirited night of trick or treating, stop by the DC Public Library for family-friendly activities at locations around the District.

Wed. Oct. 28.  4 p.m.
Halloween Party
Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. N.W.
Children ages 3 to 12 will enjoy ghoulish stories, games and treats.

Wed. Oct. 28.  4 p.m.
Lil’ Monsters and Mysteries
Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. N.W.
Children ages 3 to 12 will enjoy ghoulish stories, games and treats.

Wed. Oct. 28.  4 p.m.
Monsters and Mysteries
Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. N.W.
Children ages 12 to 19 will hear spooky stories, solve a crime and eat monster snacks.

Washington Redskin London Fletcher Featured

Published on Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper battled Washington Redskin Middle-Linebacker London Fletcher at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library today.  As part of the Library’s celebration of the first Teen Space in the District, they partnered with DC teens in a Nintendo Wii tournament.

“While teens know that libraries have books,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library, “many are surprised to find video games and CDs.  Now teens can think of the Library as a place to learn and hang out with their friends.”

Published on Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Today, the DC Public Library launched its new Web site.  The new user-friendly web site, located at, is designed to help users find books quickly and access Library services easily.  

Purchases to Benefit Library Programs

Published on Friday, October 9, 2009

No. 16 by GA GardnerNative Spirit by GA GardnerSky & Water by GA Gardner

Art lovers who frequent the DC Public Library’s exhibits will have a unique opportunity when GA Gardner’s showcase opens October 15. The works displayed in “Color Content: An Exhibition of the Art of GA Gardner” will be available for purchase.

Published on Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library
Monday, Mayor Adrian Fenty, joined by Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, and members of the District of Columbia Board of Library Trustees celebrated the opening of the Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library with a ribbon-cutting.  The new library, located in the Shops at Parkland at 1547 Alabama Ave., replaces the Parklands-Turner Kiosk.

“My administration is continually looking for opportunities to improve delivery of public services,” said Mayor Fenty. “We are pleased that Parklands-Turner residents now have more convenient access to some of the District’s best community resources.”

Construction of the new Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library began in late July 2009.

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: