Mayor Fenty, DC Public Library Break Ground on New Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library

New Library to Open December 2010

Improving libraries across the District took another step forward as Mayor Adrian Fenty, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and members of the Board of Library Trustees were joined by noted architect Philip Freelon to break ground on the new Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library this morning.

“The Tenley community has active library users that have gone without full library service for too long,” said Ginnie Cooper.  “In addition to finding the books and DVDs that they want in their new library, users will love the spaces for the community to meet, for little ones to develop a love of reading, and for teens to hang out and do homework.”

The new library will open in December 2010 and will feature:

    * 80,000 books, CDs, DVDs and other library material
    * 32 public access computers and free Wi-Fi Internet access
    * a large programming room for up to 100 people
    * two conference rooms for up to 14 people; and study rooms.

A portion of the rear of the library building will be reinforced to allow for the possibility of future development. Tenley is one of five neighborhoods that will see new libraries.  The other communities— Shaw, Benning, Anacostia and Georgetown—also have libraries under construction.  Like all other new library buildings under construction, a LEED Silver Certification is expected.  

“My administration is committed to providing District residents with top-notch community amenities.” said Mayor Fenty.  “Today’s groundbreaking is the first step in bringing a world-class library to the Tenley neighborhood.”

The Freelon Group, who also developed the award-winning design for the new Anacostia Neighborhood Library, designed the new Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library.  Philip Freelon, along with library architects David Adjaye and the late J. Max Bond, have been selected to design the Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall.  Forrester will manage the construction.

During construction, library services will be provided at the interim library located at 4200 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.

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