Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library Opened April 5, 2010

Exterior Image of Benning LibraryThe new Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library opened in April 2010.

The library was designed by architecture firm of Davis Brody Bond Aedas.

The two-story, 22,000 square foot library features a flexible design to provide inviting spaces for all.

It offers:

  • 40,000 books, DVDs, CDs, and other library materials with space for up to 80,000.
  • Children’s program room
  • Separate reading areas for adults, teens and children
  • 32 public access computers with free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • 8 Mac computers in the teen area
  • Mobile laptop cart with 20 computers
  • Comfortable seating for 200 customers
  • Large program room for up to 100 people
  • Two 12-person conference rooms
  • Parking for 14 vehicles
  • Vending area
  • Public art by Ward 7 artists

Read answers to frequently asked questions about the Benning Neighborhood Library.

View the Benning fact sheet.

Benning Library Children    Benning Library Teen Space
Interior images of children's room and teen space.

The library received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for environmentally sustainable design. It has won a number of other design awards, including:
- Building of America Award 2010
- Associated General Contractors Washington Contractor Award 2010
- National Association of Contractors and Builders Proclamation Award 2010
- Developers and Builders Alliance Community Advancement Award, Best Developments of the Year, USA & Canada 2010
- North American Copper in Architecture Award, New Construction 2010
- Icestone Installation Award, Commercial Interiors 2010
- Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award for Special Construction – Thermal and Moisture Protection Category 2011