News Releases

Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012 – Monday evening, the DC Public Library Foundation hosted a sneak peek event at the New Francis Gregory Library to thank library supporters and to encourage others to support their library.

Hosted by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and DC Public Library Board of Trustees chairman John W. Hill, more than 100 attendees marveled at the new building, designed by world-renowned architect David Adjaye, the night before it opened to the public.

"The DC Public Library has quickly become one of the most forward-thinking systems in the country," Mayor Gray said. "Just as the staff and library board should be applauded, those who support the library system also deserve praise. Their commitment to the library has helped it achieve its success."

Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper said that the Foundation has been key to the Library’s progress.

Facility Offers 40,000 Books & Other Materials, Inviting Places for Reading and Meeting

Published on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012 – Just as students are getting out of school for the summer and the D.C. Public Library’s summer reading program swings into full gear, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and world-renowned British architect David Adjaye today opened the brand-new Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library. The cutting-edge design offers residents of Hillcrest, Randle Highlands, Fairfax Village and other parts of Southeast D.C. an inviting new space in which to take advantage of the books and other materials, Internet access and multiple community gathering spaces the facility offers.

Published on Friday, June 15, 2012

June 15, 2012 -- From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, and related sites (including the catalog and Overdrive) will be down for scheduled maintenance. The iPhone, Android and Facebook applications will also be inaccessible.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Building Is First Library in North America Designed by Renowned British Architect David Adjaye

Published on Thursday, June 14, 2012

June 13, 2012 – Today, DC Public Library (DCPL) Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, world-famous architect David Adjaye and District residents joined Mayor Vincent C. Gray to cut the ribbon on the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue library.

The library is the first in North America to be designed by Adjaye, whose designs in the United Kingdom helped change how the public viewed and used libraries. This library design challenges the traditional idea of the library by arranging the space to encourage social interaction and maximizing natural light sources.

As the school year nears its end in the District, city leaders hoped that the new library will help get more children focused on reading this summer.

Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012  – On May 16, D.C. lost a music icon: Chuck Brown. As the city prepares to say goodbye to the Godfather of Go-Go, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Public Library are asking for the public’s help in creating an archive honoring the artist.

“Chuck Brown captured the hearts and rhythm of District residents for over 30 years,” Mayor Gray said. “As you look over old pictures, performances and old newspapers, consider donating them to the Library so that the District can preserve Chuck’s musical legacy for generations to come.”

“Like John Philip Sousa and Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown's genius and contribution to the District deserves to be honored,” said D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper. “This archive will tell his story, the story of Go-Go and the impact both had on American music.”

Examines ULI Recommendations

Published on Thursday, May 24, 2012

May, 24, 2012 – The DC Public Library has commissioned The Freelon Group – the Martin Luther King Jr. Library building’s architect of record since 2010 – and library consultants June Garcia and Susan Kent to develop ideas for renovating and reviving the historically protected Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building.

"The goal is to see if the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library can be an amazing downtown central library for the District," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia. "When this library opened in 1972, central libraries were seen as research centers, housing the city’s greatest number of books. The District needs a central library where people can do more than research; where they can connect, create and innovate and where technology is available to assist them."

Published on Friday, May 18, 2012

To serve customers better, the DC Public Library is revising the lending period for movies and music starting June 1.  

The loan period for DVDs and music CDs will change from 21 days to seven days.  The lending period for audiobooks will remain 21 days. Items that are 30 days or more overdue will incur an overdue fee of $5 per item.  Items that are overdue 60 days or more will be considered lost or damaged and will carry an additional fee ranging from $8 - $20 depending on the type of item.

If a movie or music CD checked out has not been requested by another person, the item can be renewed.

Published on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Two DC Public Library employees have been recognized for their work supporting adult and computer literacy in the District.

Marcia Harrington, the director of the DC Public Library's Adult Literacy Resource Center, has been named one of five winners of the 2012 Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Award for Distinguished DC Government Employees. Desiré Grogan, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library's computer training coordinator, was named a finalist for the 2012 awards.

Published on Friday, May 11, 2012

Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper announced today that Eva Poole will join the DC Public Library as chief of staff. Poole comes to the DC Public Library from Denton, Texas, where she led that city's public library system.

Poole will join the library in July.   As chief of staff, she will work closely with Cooper and other key library managers.  She will be responsible for further coordinating the work of library service and business operations. She will directly manage several areas of library service.

Essay Contest Promotes Reading and Reflection

Published on Friday, May 11, 2012

While it may seem strange for a student to write a letter to Anne Frank, at the DC Public Library it's rewarded.  This Saturday, eight students will be honored at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library as winners in the 2012 Letters About Literature writing contest. 

Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the DC Public Library, and Target, the Letters About Literature contest challenges students to write a letter to an author discussing how that author’s book changed their world view.  The essays were judged in three groups: level one for grades 4-6; level two for grades 7-8; and level three for grades 9-12.