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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.  

Residents Invited to Sept. 19 Discussion

Published on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Aug. 28 2012 -- Forty years after the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opened its doors, the DC Public Library explores what’s possible for the historic building and what makes a spectacular central library.  District residents are encouraged to join in the discussion at the Sept. 19 meeting of the Board of Library Trustees at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, 6 p.m.  Nationally recognized architects and library experts will present ideas to board members and residents.

“We are eager to hear from library users, lovers of architecture, and others about what can be done to improve the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia.

Published on Friday, August 17, 2012
40th anniversary

On Aug. 21, 1972, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opened its doors for the very first time.  This year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the only public library in the world designed by Mies van der Rohe with discussions, a film series and a family festival.

Exhibit: "Less is More": Mies van der Rohe and the Making of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Monday, Aug. 20 to Sunday, Sept. 30
G Street windows

Food Trucks come to MLK Library

Published on Friday, August 3, 2012

(August 3, 2012) – Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. starting Aug. 8 for a limited time, food trucks will be parked outside of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, as part of the Books & Bites @ the Library initiative.  People can grab lunch at the food trucks, relax at special seating just outside of the library and enjoy the library’s free WiFi and other services.  Each week will feature different D.C. Food Truck Association food trucks.

“During the lunchtime, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library bustles with people who stop by to pick up books before rushing to get lunch,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library.  “Books and Bites makes the library a place where people can pick up a good book and good food.”

New Library to Open in September

Published on Friday, July 20, 2012

The Mt. Pleasant Interim Library, located at 3162 Mount Pleasant St. NW, will close Saturday, August 18. The renovated and expanded Mt. Pleasant Library at 3160 16th St. NW will open Wednesday, September 12. 

The Mt. Pleasant Library is 22,000 square feet and features:

  • More than 40,000 books, DVDs and other items with space to hold up to 80,000
  • Separate reading areas for adults, teens and children
  • Public access computers and free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Comfortable seating for 200 customers
  • A large program room for up to 100 people and two 12-person conference rooms
  • Quiet study rooms for up to two people

During the move, Library customers can return books to any DC Public Library.  Holds can be picked up from the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, located at 1630 7th St. NW.