Anacostia Library Named New Landmark Library

The New Anacostia Neighborhood Library, located at 1800 Good Hope Rd., S.E., was awarded an Honorable Mention in Library Journal magazine’s inaugural list of New Landmark Libraries.   The library is 1 of 20 libraries nationwide recognized in the Spring 2011 issue of Library Journal, a national publication

I am thrilled that the Anacostia Library has been honored by Library Journal, said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia.  “It shows that the Library’s transformation is changing how users and colleagues around the country view us.”

The Landmark Libraries project highlights groundbreaking public library buildings and establishes a set of standards to strengthen the capacity of communities to design and build excellent public libraries. 

Designed by The Freelon Group, the Anacostia neighborhood library is a two-story, 22,000 sq. ft. facility that opened in April 2010. Anacostia was recognized for open floor plan and green features.  In addition, innovations such as more self-service checkouts as well as using natural materials and color in the design of the library earned Anacostia accolades.  

This is the Anacostia Neighborhood Library’s second award.  In 2008, the library won the America Institute of Architects Triangle Merit Award in the Un-built Category.