Capitol View Library Interior Renovation

Capitol View Library Interior Renovation

Renovation will bring expanded space and more meeting rooms

The Capitol View Library, at 5001 Central Ave. SE, is undergoing an interior renovation. Construction work is beginning.

The library closed on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m., re-opening in late fall 2017.

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.

The renovation will 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
  • New windows
  • More meeting and study spaces in varying sizes
  • New, larger elevator
  • New furniture, carpet and fixtures
  • Environmentally friendly design
View the designs.

Interim Library Services

During construction, the Library is transferring two staff members from Capitol View to the Benning/Dorothy I. Height Library to assist with increased demand at that location. Staff will continue to visit schools and daycares on a regular basis to provide library service. In addition, we are looking for additional opportunities to provide service to customers who are inconvenienced by the closure of Capitol View Library. We will keep the community informed if any locations are secured. If you have suggestions for locations that might be willing to host a story time, book group or another library program, please contact Martha Saccocio at or (202) 727-1188.

Community Engagement

Community feedback is an important part of the design process. The Library conducted a community survey and hosted 3 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.

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