Cleveland Park Library Construction Project

Cleveland Park Library Construction Project

Final Community Meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 21


The Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library, located at 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, will be rebuilt. The Library has selected the design/build team of Gilbane and Perkins Eastman for the project, which is currently funded at $19.7 million. The new library, which is still in the design phase, will be larger to accommodate expanded space for children, teens and adults. 

View the latest design images, which were shared at a community meeting on Wednesday, June 15. While the design continues to progress, it is not yet final. Some of the interior finishes shown in the renderings may yet change.

The design team will present the final designs to the community on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Design Update

Plans for the new library are progressing well. We are grateful for the support of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, the Commission of Fine Arts and the Historic Preservation Review Board, which have all offered their approvals for the beautiful new building. In response to community feedback, the design team has added a large meeting room in the lower level.

Some of the features of the new building include:
  • Warm, wood finishes with plenty of natural light.
  • A large, dividable first floor meeting/assembly space to accommodate 205 people. When divided, each space will accommodate 100 people. This combined space represents the largest meeting room of any of our neighborhood branch libraries.
  • A dividable meeting room on the lower level that can accommodate up to 105 people. When divided, each space will accommodate about 45 people.
  • A 400 square foot second-floor conference room that can seat 10-12 people.
  • Four private study rooms for up to 4 people each.
  • An outdoor reading garden that can be enjoyed by all customers.
  • Two second flood balconies where customers can enjoy reading al fresco.
  • Many environmentally friendly features -- the Library will seek LEED Gold Certification.
The new library will be a spectacular and iconic addition to the Cleveland Park and Woodley Park neighborhoods.

Interim Library Service

The DC Public Library has secured an interim space on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia, at 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW.


The current schedule projects construction to begin in Fall 2016. The new library will open in Spring 2018.

Historic Review Process

While the Cleveland Park Library is not an historic structure, it is located within the Cleveland Park Historic District. Given this, the design needed to be approved by the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board. In addition, because it is a public building, the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts also reviewed and approved the design.

Community Engagement

Community input is a critical part of the design process. The Library hosted community meetings, and conducted surveys and focus groups to gather input about what spaces and services residents want in their new library.

Share your ideas and view others' ideas in the Cleveland Park Library Idea Community.

Community Meetings

The DC Public Library and the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library have hosted five community meetings with the architect team to gather community ideas and get feedback on the design. At least one more meeting will be held to share the final design with the community.

The first was held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. View a compilation of the comments from May 13 meeting .

At a community meeting on June 23, 2015, the architect team presented draft design goals and principles based on community input provided to date. Follow the link to view the presentation. Read community feedback from the meeting.

Building Facility Assessment

Prior to beginning design, the Library conducted thorough pre-design due diligence work. This work helps eliminate unknown building issues and informs decisions regarding building design, and helps determine whether the modernization approach is to rebuild or undertake a major renovation. Due diligence included a thorough building cost-benefit assessment that looked at the entire building. The CBA determines the useful life of the systems and makes recommendations for repair or replacement.

The CBA also looks at the library’s Neighborhood Library Building Program and makes recommendations to the level of demolition or renovation needed to meet the program.The library program is the document that determines the amount of square footage needed. All these factors are then given a cost estimate that compares renovation vs. new construction. It is not the only document used to make the choice between demolition/new construction or renovation, but it does help the Library make an informed decision.

Questions and comments about the project may be sent to Martha Saccocio at or Archie Williams at

Read a history of the Cleveland Park Library written in 1996 by the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library in cooperation with library staff.