News Releases

DC Public Library to Close April 29 for Staff Development

On Tuesday, April 29, all DC Public Library locations will be closed for staff development.  Regular library hours will resume on Wednesday April 30.  Books, CDs, and DVDs due on April 29 can be returned on April 30. 

Library Executive Director on Kojo Nnamdi Show

On March 25, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan was a guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show. Richard was joined by Edwin S. Clay, III, the director of the Fairfax County Public Library System, and Parker Hamilton, the director of the Montgomery County Public Libraries. The guests discussed how libraries are finding new ways to use existing space and managing collections that now include ebooks and video.To view a transcript or to listen to the interview, click here.

Library Looking to Make Hidden DC African-American Collections Visible

Unsure of what to do with the boxes of old photos, papers, letters, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia that you or your organization have? Contact the DC Public Library. The items may help future generations learn about African Americans in D.C. 

Architect Team Selected for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

Mayor Vincent C. Gray joined Interim Chief Librarian Joi Mecks and members of the D.C. Public Library (DCPL) Board of Trustees to announce that the team of Martinez + Johnson and Mecanoo Architecture has been selected to renovate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.Martinez + Johnson is a District-based firm that has extensive experience with historic renovation projects, including DCPL’s Takoma Park and Georgetown libraries. Mecanoo is a Netherlands-based firm whose work includes Boston’s Dudley Municipal Center.

Technical Evaluation Committee to Select Architect Team for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

Advisory Panel to Provide Community Perspective

The DC Public Library has released the names of the Technical Evaluation Committee and the Advisory Panel members for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library architect selection. Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC), with assistance from an Advisory Panel and feedback from the public, will select the final architecture team to renovate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Mayor Gray and Community Reopen Northeast Library

Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray joined Interim Chief Librarian Joi Mecks, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells and community leaders to celebrate the completion of renovations at the historic Northeast Library.The library, which first opened in 1932, is the fourth-oldest D.C. Public Library (DCPL) building still in operation. The renovated building now features state-of-the-art library services and highlights the architectural elements of the Georgian Revival building.

Mayor Gray and Library Trustees name Richard Reyes-Gavilan New Executive Director of the D.C. Public Library

Current Brooklyn Public Library Head Chosen as Result of Nationwide Search

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Public Library (DCPL) Board of Trustees announced that Richard Reyes-Gavilan has been named the DCPL’s new Executive Director. Reyes-Gavilan, 44, currently serves as the Chief Librarian for the Brooklyn Public Library, a position he has held since 2011. He was selected from a national search conducted by the DCPL Board of Trustees to replace Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, who retired on October 31, 2013. 

Top Three Firms Selected for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Renovation

Today the Library selected Mecanoo/Martinez + Johnson Architecture; Patkau Architects/Ayers Saint Gross with Krueck +Sexton; and STUDIOS Architecture/The Freelon Group as the final three architect teams for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation. 

Joi Mecks Named Interim Chief Librarian

The DC Public Library Board of Trustees has named Joi Mecks Interim Chief Librarian following the retirement of Ginnie Cooper. Ms. Mecks has served on the senior management team as the library's director of communications since 2008 where she was charged with managing and promoting the library's image and brand.Prior to joining the DC Public Library, Ms. Mecks served as the Director of Marketing Communications for the Chicago Public Schools where she served and advised then-CEO Arne Duncan, currently the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Win Tickets To P!nk And Beyoncé

Library Giving Away Tickets to Promote Downloadable Music

Did you miss out on getting tickets to the upcoming Beyoncé or P!nk concerts at the Verizon Center? Now through Dec. 7, the DC Public Library is giving away two tickets to both shows as part of The Great Fall Concert Ticket Giveaway.