News Releases

Touch the Invisible Sky

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.

DC Public Library Teens Honored by Urban Libraries Council

Teens of Distinction Program Earns 2009 Award for Excellence

(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.   

Call to Ward 7 and Ward 8 Artists and Writers!

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.

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.