Francis A. Gregory Library

Frequently Asked Questions

The Francis A. Gregory Library opened June 19, 2012.  Here are a few frequently asked questions about the library.


How will the building be maintained?
The DC Public Library will provide regular maintenance ensuring that the heating and cooling system, plumbing, elevators, electrical and cleaning are well maintained using environmentally-friendly products.

What will happen to the temporary building?
The interim library was a leased facility that has been returned to the owner.

Will the building have security?
Yes. There are security cameras throughout the building that will be monitored by central library and Francis A. Gregory Library staff.

Environmentally-Friendly Building

What makes the building environmentally friendly?
There are a number of features in the Francis A. Gregory Library that are environmentally friendly:

  • Energy efficient lighting with motion activated light sensors
  • Energy efficient heating and cooling systems
  • Low-flow faucets and toilets that help conserve water
  • Recycled carpet materials, countertops and wood finishes
  • Bike racks and easy access to public transportation
  • Lots of natural light and outdoor scenery
  • Building materials from local sources
  • Drought-tolerant landscaping
  • Automatic air hand dryers in restrooms

The DC Public Library anticipates receiving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification issued by the U.S. Green Building Council for Francis A. Gregory Library.

Programs and Services

Will there be a computer lab? Can I take a computer class?
The conference and the Nora Drew Gregory and Elizabeth Holden community rooms can be used to conduct classes, including computer classes.

How many computers are available to the public?
There are 40 public computers including eight Mac computers for teens. Free Wi-Fi Internet access is also available.

Will there be areas for children, teens and adults?

How many books are in the new library?
The Francis A. Gregory Library has 40,000 books, DVDs, CDs and other library materials. The library is designed to hold up to 80,000.

Will the new library have books from the interim and old libraries?
Yes. The Francis A. Gregory Library has books and other library materials from the interim and old libraries as well as new library materials.

How do I schedule a meeting room? Can I use the meeting room after hours?
Meeting rooms can be scheduled at online or at the Francis A. Gregory Library.  At this time, meetings can be held only during library hours. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the Francis A. Gregory Library is open in the evening (1 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

How do I schedule a study room? Is there a limit on how long I can use it?
You can reserve a study room with library staff. The study room can be used for a maximum of two hours per day.

What are the library hours? Will they change?
The library hours are the same as they were at the interim location: Monday, Wednesday - 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday - 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Francis A. Gregory Library is closed on Sunday. No change in library hours is anticipated at this time.


When will the other libraries open?

  • Mt. Pleasant Library - Opens late summer 2012
  • Rosedale Library - Opens late summer 2012
  • Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library - Opened April 5, 2010
  • Anacostia Library - Opened April 26, 2010
  • Deanwood Library - Opened June 25, 2010
  • Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library - Opened August 2, 2010
  • Georgetown Library - Opened October 18, 2010
  • Tenley-Friendship Library - Opened January 24, 2011
  • Petworth Library - Opened February 28, 2011
  • William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library - Opened June 13, 2012

How can I have programs with or at the Francis A. Gregory Library?
If you are interested in working on a program directly with the Francis A. Gregory Library, please contact the Francis A. Gregory Library manager. If you are seeking a broader partnership with the library system, please contact the director of Public Services at 202-727-1151.

How can I join the Francis A. Gregory Library Friends?
The Francis A. Gregory Library has a Friends Group. Membership applications are available at the circulation desk or online.

How can I volunteer at the Francis A. Gregory Library?
Volunteers are always welcome at any DC Public Library including the Francis A. Gregory Library. If you're interested in learning about volunteer opportunities, please visit the volunteer page or call 202-741-5803.

Are there job opportunities at the Francis A. Gregory Library?
All job opportunities at any of the D.C. public libraries are advertised on the career page.  An application is also available.

Can I bring food or drinks into the library?
You are welcome to bring covered, nonalcoholic beverages to the library? Food may be allowed for scheduled events or programs in the meeting rooms only. Please make arrangements in advance with the Francis A. Gregory Library manager. You are responsible for discarding all trash.