Happy 90th Anniversary, Southeast Library!

Southeast Library


On Dec. 8, 1922, the Southeast Library was open to the public. Although it was only the second neighborhood library to be built, it was busy from the start. With an opening day collection of more than 5,000 titles and 75 periodicals, people flocked to the library, and demand for children's books was particularly high. The library quickly took on the role as community meeting place.

Ninety years later, the library has undergone many changes. The most recent renovation took place in 2007, as the recipient of the American Library Association/Library Journal grant. Despite its small size, the Southeast Library is one of the highest circulating branches in Washington, D.C. We offer children's programs, including story times, class visits and craft programs, regularly. Adults and youth alike continue to enjoy the library's well-lit spaces and computers.

Throughout the month of December, we'll have a special display at the library on its history. You can also spread the community spirit by joining us on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. as we make vintage-style holiday cards for the patients at Children's National Medical Center. Also, be sure to join the Friends of the Southeast Library on Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for their monthly book sale. They'll be giving away goodies in honor of the library's anniversary that day. For the next several months, we'll be celebrating our anniversary with special programs. Watch this space for more information.