News Releases

Published on Sunday, May 18, 2014

In today’s Washington Post, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan shares what libraries meant to him as a child in Queens, New York.  Reyes-Gavilan also shares how the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation can create a center of learning that sparks curiosity and collaboration as well as provides books. To read the article, click here.

Published on Saturday, May 17, 2014

The DC Public Library has released preliminary design images of the renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  The design will be presented for comment at a community meeting on Monday.


Changes proposed in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation design include opening the brick-enclosed stairwells facing the front of the building; adding public space on the rear of the first floor; and adding a garden penthouse/public terrace.


Celebrates Bike to Work Day with 3D Printed Bike Accessories

Published on Friday, May 16, 2014

The Washington City Paper featured the library printing bike cup holders and fender attachments on its 3D printers in celebration of Bike to Work Day.
The bike-themed workshop was designed to introduce people to the printers and the technology that powers them.

The library has three 3D printers available for public use. Projects cost $1 for printer use, plus 5 cents per gram of plastic used. To learn more, visit the DC Public Library’s Digital Commons.

Urges More Residents to Help Shape the Renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Published on Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan celebrated the demolition of the old Woodridge Library. Both leaders praised the community’s involvement in the planning of the new Woodridge Library.
Mayor Gray and Reyes-Gavilan also urged residents across the District to take the opportunity to provide input into the planning process for renovations to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Published on Monday, March 31, 2014

On Tuesday, April 29, all DC Public Library locations will be closed for staff development.  Regular library hours will resume on Wednesday April 30.  Books, CDs, and DVDs due on April 29 can be returned on April 30. 

Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014

On March 25, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan was a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show. Richard was joined by Edwin S. Clay, III, the director of the Fairfax County Public Library System, and Parker Hamilton, the director of the Montgomery County Public Libraries. The guests discussed how libraries are finding new ways to use existing space and managing collections that now include ebooks and video.

To view a transcript or to listen to the interview, click here.

Published on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Unsure of what to do with the boxes of old photos, papers, letters, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia that you or your organization have? Contact the DC Public Library. The items may help future generations learn about African Americans in D.C.
The DC Public Library is part of a $496,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources to establish the D.C Africana Archives Project. The grant aims to document African American and African culture, history and politics in D.C. through photographs, documents, audio recordings and films held by people and organizations throughout the city.

Published on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mayor Vincent C. Gray joined Interim Chief Librarian Joi Mecks and members of the D.C. Public Library (DCPL) Board of Trustees to announce that the team of Martinez + Johnson and Mecanoo Architecture has been selected to renovate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.

Martinez + Johnson is a District-based firm that has extensive experience with historic renovation projects, including DCPL’s Takoma Park and Georgetown libraries. Mecanoo is a Netherlands-based firm whose work includes Boston’s Dudley Municipal Center.

Advisory Panel to Provide Community Perspective

Published on Thursday, February 13, 2014
The DC Public Library has released the names of the Technical Evaluation Committee and the Advisory Panel members for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library architect selection.
Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC), with assistance from an Advisory Panel and feedback from the public, will select the final architecture team to renovate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  
In December, the Library selected Mecanoo/Martinez + Johnson Architecture; Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross with Krueck +Sexton; and STUDIOS Architecture/The Freelon Group as the final three architect teams.
The TEC will review each team’s:

Published on Monday, February 3, 2014

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray joined Interim Chief Librarian Joi Mecks, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells and community leaders to celebrate the completion of renovations at the historic Northeast Library.

The library, which first opened in 1932, is the fourth-oldest D.C. Public Library (DCPL) building still in operation. The renovated building now features state-of-the-art library services and highlights the architectural elements of the Georgian Revival building.

“This gem of a library is now equipped to serve this community well into the future,” said Mayor Gray. “In practical terms, the building’s electrical, heating and air-conditioning systems have been modernized, among other things – enabling this beautiful historic building that has served the Capitol Hill neighborhood for many generations to continue serving it for many more to come.”