If the Federal government shutdown takes effect Friday, April 8, at midnight, the DC Public Library will close all locations as well as cancel community meetings and library programs. However, late fines will not accrue on checked-out books, CDs and DVDs.
Because Congress approves the District’s budget, the city is treated as a federal agency. As a result, the library will not be able to operate during the government shutdown. Libraries would be closed beginning Saturday, April 9, until Congress reaches an agreement. If a shutdown occurs, only limited library personnel will be permitted to work. The essential personnel would include select library police and facilities staff.