News Releases

DC Public Library Exhibit Goes “Beyond the Words”

Works of Late Swedish Artist and Sculptor Carl Kohler Featured

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

Author, Parent and Autism Activist Michelle Pierce Burns Discusses New Book at DC Public Library

Who:               Michele Pierce Burns, Author and Autism ActivistWhat:              Discusses and signs copies of her book, DANSON: the Extraordinary Discovery of an                                Autistic Child’s Innermost Thoughts and Feelings.

MLK Closed on Sundays

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is closed on Sundays

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.  

Commission of Fine Arts Okays Adjaye’s New DC Public Library Designs

(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.

D.C. Public Library, Radio Shack Host DTV Workshops

Help available to prepare District residents for June 12 transition

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.  

DC Public Library Participates in Nationwide Internet Use Study

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

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.

Free "You Can Do It!" Retirement Seminars Launch May 14

Financial Experts to Help Answer the Question, “How Can I Afford Retirement”

Today’s financial crisis poses challenges for everyone, especially for older Americans facing retirement. With rising costs, reduced values in the real estate market, and the current economic distress, many wonder if they will ever be able to retire.

DC Public Library Urges Area Students to Read This Summer

Summer reading program promotes reading for fun

The D.C. Public Library launched its citywide summer reading program today with a day-long celebration featuring activities performances and of course reading. The kick-off and a host of other activities happening this summer are designed to encourage students to read for fun and to emphasize the importance of reading during summer break. Studies show that students risk losing significant gains in reading if they don’t read over the summer.

Notice of Public Hearing

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education Child Care and Development Fund Block Grant

Open to the PublicIf you would like to provide public testimony or make a presentation please contact (202) 727-1839 to register by May 11, 2009. Registered participants will be allowed to provide 3 minutes of testimony. Non-registered participants will be allowed to testify time permitting.If you require translation services or Sign Language interpretation please call (202) 727-1839 no later than May 4, 2009.Co-SponsorsDCPS Bell Multicultural Public High School

Scientology Founder and Writer Honored at the DC Public Library

Actors Perform L. Ron Hubbard’s “Crossroads”

Who:                Dion Graham – Actor, Law&Order and The Wire                        Joe Marioano – Emmy Award Winning Actor, The Young and the Restless                        Jim Meskimen – Actor, Frost/Nixon