A Great Day in Anacostia: New Public Library Opens

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A Great Day in Anacostia: New Public Library Opens

The new Anacostia Neighborhood Library opened its doors this morning.  Mayor Adrian Fenty, Council Chairman Vincent Gray, Councilmember Harry Thomas, Councilmember Yvette Alexander, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, Architect Phil Freelon, and members of the District of Columbia Board of Library Trustees joined in the celebration at 1800 Good Hope Road, S.E.

“This facility is a perfect example of the city government striving to deliver world-class services and facilities to our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Fenty. “This state-of-the-art facility will serve as a valuable tool for our youth providing them with additional educational resources enabling them to continue down the path of academic progress.

“Opening new libraries is one of the best parts of this job,” said Ginnie Cooper.  “Steadfast library users are delighted to find that even with all of technology in state-of-the-art Libraries, Anacostia feels familiar.  I love seeing children and adults who have never visited a library come in and be amazed by what has been built for them.”

The new two story, 22,000 sq. ft facility was built with the capacity to hold 80,000 books, CDs, DVDs and other library materials. Some of its features include:
  • 32 public computers
  • free WiFi and high-speed Internet connections
  • space for adult, teen and children’s programs.

The winner of the 2008 America Institute of Architects Triangle Merit Award in the Un-built Category, the library was designed by The Freelon Group at a cost of $14.7 million including design and construction.