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DC Public Library is open online only on Friday, Apr. 12 so that DC Public Library Staff may participate in our annual Staff Professional Development Day. As a reminder, the DC Public Library is open 24/7, 365 days a year online! You can sign up for a Library Card, watch virtual programs, check out books and magazines, stream movies and music, work on your resume, get homework help and so much more.

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The District of Columbia Public Library was created in 1896 by an Act of Congress. It was set up as an independent agency that would serve as the “people’s university.”  Congress established a Board of Library Trustees to set policy for the library to maintain that independence. 

The Board of Trustees of the Library is composed of nine unpaid District residents from wards around the city, appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the D.C. City Council for a maximum of two five-year terms.

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Upcoming Board of Trustee Meetings

Meetings of the Board of Library Trustees are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of every other month and these meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library unless noted otherwise, and are viewable on the Library's YouTube page.


  • March 27 at 6 p.m. - Board of Library Trustees Meeting

    Watch the meeting on YouTube

    View the Board Meeting Documents


  • May 22 at 6 p.m. - Board of Library Trustees Meeting
  • July 24 at 6 p.m. - Board of Library Trustees Meeting
  • September 25 at 6 p.m. - Board of Library Trustees Meeting
  • November 20 at 6 p.m. - Board of Library Trustees Meeting

Upcoming Committee Meetings

  • P3 Committee Meeting
    April 23, 2024, at 10 a.m. via Zoom  

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  • Facilities Committee Meeting 
    April 23, 2024, at 11 a.m. via Zoom 

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  • Finance and Budget Committee Meeting 
    TBD via Zoom

View Past Board Meeting Documents