Capitol View Library Now Open

Capitol View Library Now Open

Renovation includes new public art

The Capitol View Library, located at 5001 Central Ave. SE, reopened Saturday, March 23 with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Gray, Councilmember Grosso, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan and Library Board of Trustee members.


The renovated library offers welcoming spaces for children, teens and adults.

Features include:

- A new exterior facade

- Improved entrance into the building

- New, expanded windows

- New public art 

- Expanded space, including more space for children, adults and teens

- New computer training lab with 12 computers

- Environmentally friendly design


The Capitol View Library will be a spectacular and well-used community hub.

Help Create a Work of Art

Community members have submitted treasured book passages, favorite quotes and phrases that embody what the new library means to the  community? Vote for your top 4 choices here and  you may see it on the work of art placed on the plaza outside the new library. Voting closes on Monday, May 20.

Public Art Competition

The DC Public Library partnered with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) to solicit professional proposals from local artists or artist teams for the design, fabrication and installation of a permanent work of public art on the plaza area in front of the Capitol View Library. Learn more here. Submission deadline was Feb. 1, 2019.

Project Background

The Library hosted a meeting to share the exterior design with the community on Feb. 6, 2018. See the final exterior design.

Phase I

Interior Renovation

The interior improvements include:
  • 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 with 12 computers
  • 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.

Exterior Renovation

The Library received funding in FY 2018 for an exterior renovation of the library. Exterior design work is nearing completion.

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 this community meeting. See a compilation of comments from the July meeting.

The Library hosted a community meeting on Dec. 5, 2017 to share options for the exterior renovation and the timeline for phase two of the renovation. View the presentation.

The design team presented two options for the exterior facade and asked the community to provide feedback. Of the more than 400 responses, two-thirds preferred Option 2.  View the exterior renovation options.

Read a compilation of the comments from the Dec. 5, 2017 community meeting.

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 previous community meetings. The Library has selected the local design build team of R. McGhee & Associates and Broughton Construction for this project.

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