News Releases

Dr. Dorothy Height Honored in Library Name, New Artwork Unveiled

On May 6, Mayor Vincent C. Gray was joined by Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, Council Member Yvette Alexander, Council Member Muriel Bowser and the National Council of Negro Women's Vice Chair Dr. Thelma Daley to celebrate renaming the Benning Neighborhood Library in honor of the late civil rights leader Dr. Dorothy Height.   A photograph of Height will be a permanent fixture in the Library.

Library to Close If Federal Government Shuts Down

If the Federal government shutdown takes effect Friday, April 8, at midnight, the DC Public Library will close all locations as well as cancel community meetings and library programs. However, late fines will not accrue on checked-out books, CDs and DVDs. 

President Obama's Sister to Visit DC Public Library

On Friday, April 15, Maya Soetoro-Ng, sister of President Barack Obama, will visit the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library and read from her debut children's book Ladder to the Moon.

Mayor Gray, City and Federal Leaders Re-Open Petworth Library

Joined by Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, federal leaders and job seekers, Mayor Vincent C. Gray reopened the Petworth Neighborhood Library this morning and emphasized the DC Public Library’s role in workforce development."Reducing unemployment in the District requires residents to have the training and the educational requirements that employers seek," said Mayor Gray. “For many in the District, neighborhood libraries are the best locations to develop the skills needed to be more marketable candidates.”

West End Library to Open at Noon

The West End Library will open at noon on Fri., February 25 because of emergency maintenance work

Board of Library Trustees Meeting Rescheduled

The DC Public Library Board of Trustees meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 26, 2011, will be held Wednesday, February 9 at 6:00 pm in the Great Hall of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. 

Mayor Gray, City Leaders, Open New Tenley Library

Joined by city leaders at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library opening, Mayor Gray outlined how the DC Public Library supports education. The new Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library features 55,000 books, CDs, DVDs and other library materials; 32 public access computers and free Wi-Fi Internet access; a large programming room for up to 100 people;  two conference rooms for up to 14 people; and study rooms.

iPhone and Android Users Get eBook Access

DC Public Library users with iPhones or Android devices now have another way to check out books. A software upgrade allows them to browse and download eBooks from the library's catalog to their handheld devices.

Wall Street Journal Names New Shaw Library One of the Best Buildings in 2010

In an article praising the innovative civic buildings opened in 2010, The Wall Street Journal named the Watha T.

Library, Madame Tussauds DC Launch Scavenger Hunt Contest

Don't be shocked to see President Obama or Oprah at a library next month.