News Releases

DC Public Library to Help Showcase Co-working and Collaboration in Libraries at 2015 SXSW Interactive

At this year’s 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference, Librarian Nicholas Kerelchuk will represent the DC Public Library on a panel that discusses ways government leaders, social entrepreneurs, funders and non-profits may look to our nation’s libraries as partners in collaborative economic development.  Fox 5 News Washington profiled the Library invitation yesterday. 

THATSummer 2015­​­ Now Accepting Applications

Students Will Use Library Archives a​n​d T​e​chnology to Chronicle 1968 Riots

T his summer, 12 students will have the opportunity to be local history detectives and use technology to learn about the 1968 Riots in Washington, D.C. as part of THATClass, a research­-based digital humanities program for high-school-aged students at the DC Public Library. THATClass is an educational nonprofit that explores how humanities teachers can use hands-on projects to teach students and help them develop life-long skills. The “THAT” in THATClass stands for The Humanities And Technology. 

Georgetown Neighborhood Library Closed for Repairs

On Friday, February 13 a sprinkler pipe burst in the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Water damaged the historic Peabody Room on the third floor and walls on the second and the first floors. Fortunately, there has been minimal damage to the historic collections of the Peabody Room.  

Attorney Billy Martin Profiled in Washington Post

Will Speak at Library Feb. 24

Yesterday, The Washington Post profiled lawyer Billy Martin. Considered one of the top defense attorneys in the country, Martin will speak at the Library in celebration of Black History Month. 

Library Wins Innovation Grant From John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Developing Technology to Help Librarians Make Social Service Referrals

The DC Public Library will develop a tool to help librarians match people in need with appropriate social service organizations, thanks to funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The project was named a winner of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries, which supports efforts that will provide new tools and approaches that leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities. The DC Public Library is the only library in Washington Metropolitan area to win this News Challenge.

Library Board Recommends Stand-Alone Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Analysis Favors Modernized Building, with Fifth-floor Addition

Wednesday, Jan. 28, the DC Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library modernization design approach as a stand-alone library with a fifth-floor addition.    The board recommended the fifth-floor addition approach instead of the three-story, mixed-use addition after considering the requirements for a modern library, factoring in community feedback and reviewing the cost-benefit analysis of adding three new floors.

Executive Director Addresses FCC

Richard Reyes-Gavilan testifies about high-speed Internet

Today, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan testified at the Federal Communications Commission’s open meeting on the impact of a federal subsidy program that gives schools and libraries access to faster Internet.  "High-speed Internet is the fundamental building block of digital readiness, said Reyes-Gavilan. “It is the alphabet of digital literacy.” 

Library Needs Entire Building in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

Increased Space Estimates Based on Community and Staff Feedback

The DC Public Library has revised its space estimates for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation. The entire building, plus a fifth floor, will be used to offer District residents a renovated central library.   The increased library size incorporates input to the preliminary Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation designs released in May. Initial estimates called for between 200,000 to 250,000 square feet in the building to be used for library service.  

Aspen Institute Highlights Library Partnership in Report

In today’s "Washington Post," Columnist Clinton Yates profiles the Library’s partnership with MapStory. Working together, MapStory has created an interactive view of the District's growth by digitizing more than 5,000 historical maps from the Library's Washingtoniana Collection. The story coincides with the release of the Aspen Institute report, “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” which examines how libraries can help a more diverse, mobile and connected society.