Program Proposals

Program Proposals

DCPL Programming Guidelines

Programming at the DC Public Library is designed to engage the community in informational, cultural, and educational forums and opportunities that transform perspectives and empower life-long learning. It is a platform for cultural and civic engagement, and one way that the library fulfills its role as a shared civic space. Programming activates the library's collection, be it books, databases, or 3-D printers, and creates conversation and community reflection around the issues of the day.

The library focuses on programming that is literary or literacy based or that supports or highlights library services and collections. Priority is given to programming of an arts, cultural, or humanities nature; programming that encourages civic and community discourse; and programming that supports community development, such as jobseeker clinics to health information programs. 

Scheduling timeline

Planning and publicity for library programs is done 2-4 months prior to each program cycle. Program proposals must be received by the deadlines below to be considered for a specific programming window.
Proposal Deadline Program Implementation
September 1 January-February
November 1 March-April
January 1 May-August
May 1 September-October
July 1 November-December

Proposal Submission

Please complete the program proposal submission form; a library representative will contact you if the program meets our guidelines and fits into our schedule and budget.