News Releases

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.

New Libraries to Open in June

Published on Monday, April 30, 2012

The Washington Highlands Interim Library closes Saturday, May 19.  The new library at 115 Atlantic St., SW opens Wednesday, June 13.  Additionally, the Francis A. Gregory Interim Library closes Saturday, May 26.  The new library at 3660 Alabama Ave., SE opens Tuesday, June 19.
Each new library is 22,000 square feet and features:

Published on Friday, April 20, 2012

The Lamond-Riggs Neighborhood Library will be closed Saturday, April 21, 2012 and Monday, April 23, 2012 for emergency maintenance.   It is scheduled to re-open on Tuesday, April 24 at its regular time.

Published on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The DC Public Library has selected the award-winning team of Wienceck + Associates and Bing Thom Architects to design the new Woodridge Neighborhood Library.  Located at 1801 Hamlin St. NE, the new building will be the first library in the United States designed by internationally acclaimed architect Bing Thom.

“We have been fortunate to have talented and internationally recognized architects design libraries for the District,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia.  “With this architect team, the District's new libraries will continue to inspire people in the city's neighborhoods as well as around the world."

Published on Wednesday, March 28, 2012

To serve customers better, the DC Public Library will implement a new fee policy for overdue or lost books starting Friday, April 6. 

There will be no daily late fees under the new guidelines.   Instead, items that are 30 days or more overdue will have a “long overdue” flat 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 (i.e., magazine, paperback, hardcover, DVD, etc.), in addition to the “long overdue” $5 fee. 

"The easiest way to avoid library fees is by returning items on time," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the District of Columbia.  "If a book is kept past its due date, the new fees make it easier for people to know what they owe without penalizing them so harshly that they don't want to visit the Library."

Published on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The DC Public Library is upgrading its catalog system on Thursday, March 22.  During the upgrade customers will not be able to download ebooks or music, place holds on books or other library materials, or register for a library card.

The improved catalog system will be available on Friday, March 23.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Launches Review to Test Report Findings

Published on Monday, March 5, 2012

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) released its final report today after conducting a week-long review of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building last November. Based on the results of the ULI report, the DC Public Library will begin an in-depth analysis next month to determine the feasibility and cost of implementing the scenarios.

"The analysis is the next step in a long process that will help us figure out how to make the District's central library a spectacular place for residents," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the District of Columbia.

The ULI report outlined three scenarios for consideration without necessarily recommending one over the other. All scenarios will require significant investment by District government for major improvements to the building, according to the report.

Published on Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library will be closed Monday, Feb. 27 – Wednesday, Feb. 29 to improve the sewage equipment in order to handle more capacity.  The Library will re-open on Thursday, March 1.  Library users are encouraged to use and can pick up holds at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW.  We apologize for the inconvenience.