News Releases

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.

District Breaks Ground on New Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty joined Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and District leaders in breaking ground on the new Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library at 3660 Alabama Ave., S.E. this morning.

Tenley-Friendship Interim Library Closing

The Tenley-Friendship Interim Library, located at 4200 Wisconsin Ave. N.W. will close Thursday, December 30 at 5:30 p.m.  Library services will resume on Monday, January 24, 2011 at the new Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, located at 4450 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.The new two-story, 22,000 square foot library will feature:40,000 books, DVDs, CDs  and other library materials Separate reading areas for adults, teens and children

Libraries Open: Two Hour Delay

Libraries that are scheduled to open at 9:30 a.m. will open at 11:30 a.m. today.  Libraries scheduled to open at 1:00 p.m. will open at regularly scheduled time. 

D.C. Chief Librarian Testifies At U.S. Department of Education Hearing

DC Public Library’s Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper testified recently at a U.S. Department of Education hearing urging the Obama administration to require that state libraries play a role in education programs that improve literacy.             The U.S.

DC Public Library Collects Toys and Books for Children With HIV/AIDS

The DC Public Library, in partnership with Bread for the Soul, will collect new, unwrapped toys and books for children with HIV/AIDS and children whose parents have the disease.  The charity drive runs from Nov. 29 through Dec. 16 for children and teenagers.  Toys and books can be dropped off at any of the public libraries across the District.  

DC Public Library to Close for Staff Training

On Friday, Dec. 3, all D.C. public libraries will be closed for staff training.    The library will re-open on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 9:30 a.m. Books, CDs, and DVDs due on Dec. 3 can be returned on Dec. 4 without incurring late fees.  

Benning Neighborhood Library Reuses More Than Books

The Benning Neighborhood Library, where reusing books occurs regularly, was honored for a different kind of recycling today. U.S. Green Building Council President Rick Fedrizzi presented the library’s architect Davis Brody Bond Aedas with the 2010 IceStone Installation Competition Grand Prize.

In Georgetown, What’s Old Is New Again

The Georgetown Neighborhood library reopened this morning, nearly three and a half years after a devastating fire.  Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was joined by Council Chair Vincent Gray, Councilmember Jack Evans, Councilmember Harry Thomas, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, Fire Chief Dennis Reuben and Georgetown community members for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 3260 R Street, NW.