New Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

New Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

Opened August 2010

Shaw ExteriorThe new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, at 1630 7th St. NW, opened August, 2010.


The new three-level library is approximately 22,000 square feet and features a flexible design to provide inviting spaces for all.

It includes:
  • Separate reading areas for adults, teens and children
  • Children’s program room
  • 40,000 books, DVDs, CDs and other library materials; designed for 80,000 items
  • 32 public access computers with free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • 8 Mac computers in the teen space 
  • Comfortable seating for 200 customers
  • Large program room for up to 100 people
  • Two 12-person conference rooms  
  • Vending area

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


Adult Reading RoomShaw Children's Area 

Building Design Awards
The Library has received a number of awards for design excellence:
  • Mid-Atlantic Construction Award of Merit, Cultural
  • AIA DC Award for Merit & Presidential Citation for Sustainable Design 2010
  • Urban Land Institute, Top 10 Buildings in Washington, DC 2010
  • National Association of Contractors and Builders Proclamation Award 2010
  • Developers & Builders Alliance Community Advancement Award, Best Developments of the Year, USA & Canada 2010
  • Named by Wall Street Journal as one of the top buildings of 2010