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. Work on the interior portion of the project is nearly complete. Design for the exterior renovation is underway. 

Capitol View Library will re-open on Monday, Dec. 18, and will close again in Spring 2018 for the exterior renovation. The Library will open an interim location on the grounds of J.C. Nalle Elementary School during the exterior renovation. The total project budget is $7.9 million.

Join your friends and neighbors for a community meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
· See options for the exterior renovation
· Provide feedback of the design
· Take a Sneak-Peek Tour of the new library
The Library hosted a community meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at St. Luke's Catholic Church. View the presentation from the meeting.

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

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.

View construction progress photos.

Exterior Renovation

The Library has received additional funding in FY 2018 for an exterior renovation of the library. Design work for the exterior is underway. The library will close in Spring 2018 to allow for the exterior renovation to be completed. An interim library will be opened on the grounds of J.C. Nalle Elementary School during exterior construction.

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 July meeting.

To share your thoughts about the exterior design, please contact Martha Saccocio at 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. 

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.

Questions or concerns? Contact