News Releases

Library to Host Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Community Meetings

Starting next month, District residents can learn more about the plans for modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and plans for library services during construction at community meetings held across the city. 

Read and Discuss American Politics with DC Reads: Democracy

Library Offers Month-Long Discussion Series on American Politics and Democracy

Tired of the political spin in this election? The Library has created a series of events to promote thought-provoking conversations on American democracy.   “DC Reads: Democracy” features book discussions and lectures based on 12 books that explore the history, inner workings and struggles in American politics. The books are organized around four themes to appeal to a variety of interests.    

Statement from Richard Reyes-Gavilan Regarding the Death of Bing Thom

I am truly saddened to learn about the sudden passing of Bing Thom. DC Public Library will be forever grateful for his inspiring design of our beautiful new Woodridge Library.  He was a larger-than-life architect that clearly took joy in designing spaces for community. He will be missed. I send my condolences to his family and his associates at Bing Thom Architects.  ### Bing Thom died Tuesday from a brain aneurysm. He was 75. He was the lead architect of the Woodridge Library which opened on September 28. 

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden Open Woodridge Library

Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan and local elected officials in cutting the ribbon on the new Woodridge Library. The opening also celebrated a decade of improvements to the District’s library system.

“The Nix” and Other New Books Added to Coming Soon Page

The Washington Post is buzzing about Nathan Hill’s new comic novel, “The Nix.” Hill’s first novel is also one of the new books coming to the Library this September.  To read The Washington Post’s review of “The Nix,” click here

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and "Awesomely" Luvvie Ajayi Speak at Library

This September, the Library is pleased to welcome two distinct authors to discuss their highly-anticipated books at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Presented in partnership with the Oracle Group, these events are not to be missed.Marc Lamont Hill “Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond” September 14, 7 p.m.

Reserve Your Copy of Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad”

The Library has ordered copies of Colson Whitehead’s new book “The Underground Railroad.”  Selected as the next title for Oprah’s Book Club. The novel follows a slave named Cora who decides to escape from the Georgia plantation where she is held. Whitehead's reimagines the Underground Railroad as a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath states where slavery was legal. To read more about the novel and to reserve a copy, visit the Library’s Coming Soon page

Reserve Your Copy of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” Other New Books

Now Library Customers Can Get in Line for New Books Before Release Date

DC Public Library users can now reserve newly-ordered books like “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and be in line before their release date.  

Board of Library Trustees Meeting Canceled

Tonight’s DC Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting has been canceled.  A rescheduled date will be announced in the near future.

Richard Reyes-Gavilan named to Urban Libraries Council Executive Board

On June 25, Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of  the DC Public Library, was elected to serve on the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Executive Board.