News Releases

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.”

Current Brooklyn Public Library Head Chosen as Result of Nationwide Search

Published on Friday, January 10, 2014

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Public Library (DCPL) Board of Trustees announced that Richard Reyes-Gavilan has been named the DCPL’s new Executive Director.
Reyes-Gavilan, 44, currently serves as the Chief Librarian for the Brooklyn Public Library, a position he has held since 2011. He was selected from a national search conducted by the DCPL Board of Trustees to replace Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, who retired on October 31, 2013.
“Since 2006, the D.C. Public Library system has gone from something overlooked by far too many District residents to being a vital part of communities across our city,” said Mayor Gray. “With Richard taking the helm in March, I’m confident that this transformation will continue, and District residents are going to be impressed and amazed by what their libraries have to offer.”

Published on Monday, December 23, 2013

Today 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 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation.
The finalists will develop two preliminary design ideas: one of a stand-alone library and one of a mixed-use building with additional floors. Both design ideas are intended to show each team’s vision and approach to renovating the central library. No decisions have been made on the type or extent of the renovations or additions to the library.

Published on Thursday, November 7, 2013

The DC Public Library Board of Trustees has named Joi Mecks Interim Chief Librarian following the retirement of Ginnie Cooper. Ms. Mecks has served on the senior management team as the library's director of communications since 2008 where she was charged with managing and promoting the library's image and brand.

Prior to joining the DC Public Library, Ms. Mecks served as the Director of Marketing Communications for the Chicago Public Schools where she served and advised then-CEO Arne Duncan, currently the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Library Giving Away Tickets to Promote Downloadable Music

Published on Thursday, November 7, 2013

Did you miss out on getting tickets to the upcoming Beyoncé or P!nk concerts at the Verizon Center? Now through Dec. 7, the DC Public Library is giving away two tickets to both shows as part of The Great Fall Concert Ticket Giveaway.
To enter the contest, library card holders need to log in to Freegal Music using their library card number and fill out an online entry form. Entries for the P!NK: The Truth About Love Tour will be from Nov. 1 through Nov. 14. One winner will be selected for two tickets to the Nov. 24 P!nk concert. Entries for Beyoncé: The Mrs. Carter Show will be from Nov. 24 through Dec. 7. One winner will be selected for two tickets to the Dec. 18 Beyoncé concert.  

Upgrade Will Involve Planned Outages from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6.

Published on Thursday, October 31, 2013

On Thurs., Nov. 7, the DC Public Library will release a new and improved online catalog. The transition to the new catalog will start on Nov. 4 with library customers having limited or no access to the online catalog during the upgrade.

The improved catalog will make it easier for library customers find books, eBooks, DVDs, audiobooks and more. The new catalog will also let customers search from the library’s Facebook page, renew checked out items with one click, text details about an item to a cell phone and find an item even if they don’t have the correct spelling. The catalog will also be available in multiple languages including Spanish, French and Chinese.

In order to switch to the new catalog, the following outages are planned:

Volunteer support and informational workshops address common concerns

Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

For many Americans 50 and older, uncertainty is the new normal.  Now more than ever, older adults are often having to balance work, home and family and may be unsure of where to turn to find resources and support. In the District, a pilot partnership between the DC Public Library and AARP Foundation launched today to help older adults connect to important resources and get advice and assistance from trained volunteers; all while socializing with their neighbors.