Capitol View Library Renovation

Capitol View Library Renovation

Renovation will bring expanded space and exterior improvements

The Capitol View Library, at 5001 Central Ave. SE, is undergoing a renovation. Construction work on the interior portion of the project has begun. Design for the exterior renovation is underway.

The Library will host a community meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Catholic Church, 4925 East Capitol St. SE.

  • See how the exterior design is shaping up
  • Get an update on interim location
  • Share your feedback with the design team

The library is closed and will re-open in summer 2018.

The nearest library is Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library, at 3935 Benning Road NE. Also nearby is the Deanwood Library, at 1350 49th St. NE. Customers can pick up holds at any DC Public Library location.

Interior Renovation

  • Improved entrance into the building
  • Expanded space, including more space for children, adults and teens
  • Upgrades to the heating, air conditioning and electrical systems
  • New computer training lab
  • New windows
  • More meeting and study spaces in varying sizes
  • New, larger elevator
  • New furniture, carpet and fixtures
  • Environmentally friendly design
View the interior designs.


View construction progress photos.

Exterior Renovation

The Library has received additional funding of $2 million for an exterior renovation of the library. Design work for the exterior is beginning and we plan to begin construction in fall 2017. The library will re-open in mid-2018.

The Library hosted a community meeting on July 19, 2017 to talk about the exterior renovation and to gather community input regarding the design goals.

Exterior Renovation Design Goals:

  • Create a sense of arrival
  • Re-make the facade of the building
  • ​Reconnect the site to the neighborhood
View the slide show from the community meeting. See a compilation of comments from the meeting.

If you would like to share your thoughts about the exterior design, please contact Martha Saccocio at Martha.Saccocio@dc.gov or 202-727-1188.


Interim Library Services

During construction, the Library has transferred two staff members from Capitol View to the Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library to assist with increased demand at that location. Staff continues to visit schools and day cares on a regular basis to provide library service. The Library is working with J.C. Nalle Elementary School to place a small interim library on a portion of the school's property.  We will keep the community updated on developments. We hope to have a space ready to open in the fall. 

Community Engagement

Community feedback is an important part of the design process. The Library conducted a community survey and hosted community meetings to gather input. 100 people responded to the survey. 63% of those who responded to the survey preferred that children's services be located on the 2nd floor. Read comments from the survey here.

View comments from the community meetings. The budget for this project is $4.5 million. The Library has selected the local design build team of R. McGhee & Associates and Broughton Construction for this project.

Questions or concerns? Contact Martha.Saccocio@dc.gov.