News Releases

Published on Monday, January 28, 2013

Due to weather conditions, DC Public Library locations that are scheduled to open at 9:30 a.m. -- Anacostia, Cleveland Park, Dorothy I. Height/Benning, Georgetown, Lamond-Riggs, Northwest One, Palisades, Southeast, Takoma Park and William O. Lockridge/Bellevue -- are on a two-hour delay (opening at 11:30 a.m.) on Monday, Jan. 28.  

Library locations set to open in the afternoon (12 p.m. or 1 p.m.) will open as scheduled. 

Published on Friday, January 11, 2013

Access to public computers has been restored at DC Public Library locations.

Express computers continue to be available, as well as other options for information access: WiFi is available, and you can access your account via our mobile apps. As always, our library staff are happy to help you with any questions you have.

Thank you for your continued patience. 

Offers Free Web-based Classes

Published on Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 1 not only marks a new year, it also marks the beginning of many familiar resolutions. While losing weight, getting organized, learning something new, or saving more money are common goals, research has shown that only 8 percent of the people who make resolutions keep them.  Luckily, Library users can jump-start or stay on track with their 2013 resolutions using more than 500 free online courses.

Through a partnership with Universal Class, Library users can take courses and receive certificates of completion in a broad range of classes, including Weight Management, Time Management, Budgeting and Saving, and How to Quit Smoking.

Published on Monday, December 31, 2012

William O. Lockridge/BellevueThe District's new libraries stand out in their neighborhoods, and they continue to win praise nationally. The Wall Street Journal has recognized the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue and Francis A. Gregory libraries as two of the best designed buildings for 2012.

"We are proud that the District continues to be honored for offering its residents world-class libraries," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the DC Public Library. "By putting great design in the heart of our city's neighborhoods, more District residents are discovering all the wonderful things their Library offers."

Published on Monday, December 17, 2012

Mayor Vincent C. Gray today congratulated D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper for being named a winner of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. She was honored for leading a campaign that has reinvented libraries in the District and raised public awareness of design excellence.

Published on Monday, December 10, 2012

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 through December 14 for children one – 12 years old. Toys and books can be dropped off at any of the 25 public libraries across the District.  Also partnering with the DC Public Library and Bread for the Soul are  DC Water and the Department of Public Works. 

Bread for the Soul is a community organization that works with families living with HIV/Aids.  For more information and a list of library locations, visit the DC Public Library at or call 727-1222.

Published on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Elissa Miller has been named the Librarian of the Year by America Reads Spanish (ARS).  The award to Miller, the associate director of the Library’s collections, was announced at the LIBER 2012 International Book Fair in Barcelona.

“The Library is dedicated to serving a diverse group of native Spanish speakers in D.C., as well as supporting Spanish language learners and dual language programs,” said Miller. “Our Spanish Languages collections are the primary vehicle for meeting the needs and interest of all Spanish speakers, be they newcomers or long-time District residents.”

“We are so proud that Elissa has received this honor,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the District of Columbia.  “By including books that interests all of our users, Elissa helps ensure that the District’s libraries welcome everyone and value their culture and language.”

Published on Sunday, October 28, 2012

The library will be open on Monday, Oct. 31. 

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$11.2 Million Project Renovated, Modernized, Expanded & Preserved Historic Carnegie Building

Published on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today joined Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells and D.C. Public Library Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper in cutting the ribbon on a renovated and modernized Mt. Pleasant Library. The historic library has been expanded to support modern uses and to highlight architectural and artistic elements of the building – one of the District’s oldest public libraries.

Between 1883 and 1929, more than 2,500 libraries across the United States and around the world were built with funds provided by famous Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The Mt. Pleasant Library, opened in 1925, was a Carnegie-funded library.

“I’m a Cardholder. Get Your Card.” Campaign Runs Through September

Published on Wednesday, September 5, 2012

September is national library card sign-up month.  The DC Public Library is celebrating the month with the “I’m a Cardholder. Get Your Card.” library card campaign. The campaign features Washingtonians of all ages, all professions, and all walks of life with their library card.

Throughout September, posters will appear on Metro buses, in Metro stations, on movie theater screens, in newspapers, and online.   Library locations will also give away promotional items, including a specially designed souvenir cup and 20 percent off coupon from Firehook Bakery and Coffee House, courtesy of the DC Public Library foundation.