Fenty Administration Raises Cupola to Roof of New Georgetown Library

Residents Celebrate the Construction of New Facility

Today, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty joined Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans to celebrate ongoing renovations at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library.  The occasion was marked by the mounting of the cupola on the library’s new roof.

“Where once sat a structure crippled by fire damage, we will erect a state-of-the-art facility” said Mayor Adrian Fenty. “As we raise the cupola today, we signify our progress in resurrecting and preserving this historic establishment for the residents of this proud community.”                                                                                           
The $15.7 million renovation will add many modern improvements to the historic library, including:  better lighting, improved Americans with Disabilities  access, more space, new outdoor reading terrace a new expanded space to house the special collection on Georgetown’s history. 

Additionally, a third floor is being added to house, showcase and protect Georgetown's historic Peabody collection which contains books, documents, photographs and artwork spanning three centuries of Georgetown history.  It is one of the most expansive collections of neighborhood history in the nation.

The Georgetown Neighborhood Library was severely damaged by a fire on April 30, 2007. Due to the library’s significance as an historic landmark, all renovations will be made mainly to the library’s interior while maintaining the library’s original exterior frame.

Interim library services are currently being provided at a 4,000-square-foot facility at 3307 M St. N.W. in the former Staples storefront. 

The renovated Georgetown library will reopen in October 2010 to commemorate its 75th anniversary.

“When the Library opens this fall, users will be able to read, gather, and research in a building that offers modern library services in a space that showcases its historic features,” said Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper.

The Georgetown Neighborhood Library is one of five libraries opening in 2010.  New libraries are also scheduled to open in the neighborhoods of Tenleytown, Benning, Anacostia, and Shaw.