Georgetown Library Now Open
The Georgetown Library at 3260 R St., N.W. is open.
The Georgetown Neighborhood Library was severely damaged by a fire on April 30, 2007. As a result, the building underwent a complete renovation. Martinez & Johnson Architects, in partnership with Hoshide Williams, were hired to design the renovation of this historic building.
View construction photos and site designs of Georgetown Library
The renovation restored this neighborhood treasure while adding many modern improvements including:
- Better lighting
- Dedicated space for teens
- Improved ADA access
- More space, including a new, larger Peabody Room, which houses a special collection of materials on the history of Georgetown
- A new outdoor reading terrace overlooking Book Hill Park
- A new bright, spacious children’s room with a special story time space
- Restored woodwork throughout the building
The old mezzanine level was removed, bringing in more light and opening up the first floor to views looking out onto Book Hill Park.
A new third floor now houses the Peabody Collection & Reading Room. Features include:
- Nearly twice as much space for the Peabody Collection
- A spacious reading room with north and south views
- Restored original wood reading tables and chairs, and glass storage cabinets
- Climate-controlled storage areas for the collection
Community input was a critical part of the design process. The library hosted a series of meetings to get community input on the design.
If you have any questions or comments, please submit them to: GeorgetownCommunityFeedback@dc.gov.
Notes from Past Community Meetings
Community Design Meeting, November 18, 2008
Meeting focus: Design update
Community Design Meeting, July 17, 2008
Meeting focus: Community feedback
Community Design Meeting, May 22, 2008
Meeting focus: Conceptual design
Hopes & Dreams Community Listening Session, March 12, 2008
Meeting focus: Community ideas for the new library