The Office of the General Council at DC Public Library can help you find relevant government documents about DC Public Library as well as respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests
The District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, DC Code §§ 2-531-539, provides that any person has the right to request access to records. All public bodies of the District government are required to disclose public records, except for those records, or portions of records, that are protected from disclosure by the exemptions found at DC Code § 2-534.
A FOIA request may be made for any public record. This does not mean, however, that the public body will disclose every record sought. Statutory exemptions authorize the withholding of certain public records. When the public body does withhold records or portions of records, it must specify which exemption of the FOIA permits the withholding. FOIA does not require agencies to do research, to analyze data, to answer written questions, or to create records in order to respond to a request. FOIA only requires the agency to make a reasonable effort to locate already existing records.
Submit a FOIA Request in Writing
If the request is written, the request can be sent via email to email@example.com and must have “FOIA Request” in the Subject line.
If the written request is sent by mail, mark the outside of the envelope with "FOIA Request.” Send the request to the FOIA Officer at:
DC Public Library
901 G St NW, Suite 403
Washington, DC 20006
Submit a FOIA Request by Phone
You are also able to call the DC Public Library’s General Counsel Office and submit an oral FOIA request.
The FOIA Officer may request that an oral request be reduced to writing, if the requested records are not customarily made available by the public body.
Open Government Act
President Bush signed the Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National Government Act of 2007 on Dec. 31, 2007. This law, also known as Public Law 110–175 and the "OPEN Government Act of 2007," amended the federal FOIA statute in several ways.
The Open Government Initiative enables D.C. government to be fully transparent.
DCPL’s Open Government Documents
- FY-14 Agency Open Government Report
- District-wide Annual FOIA Reports
- Employee Salary Information
- Administrative Staff Manuals and Instructions
- Purchase Card Transactions
- Budget Information
- Minutes of Library Board of Trustee Meetings
- Staff and Organizational Chart
- Notice of Intent to Award Sole Source Contracts
- Awarded Sole Source Contracts
- Determination & Findings for Mandatory Set Aside of Contracts $250,000 or Less
- Emergency Contracts