Library Facilities Master Plan

Library Facilities Master Plan

Matching Future Library Services with Community Needs

DC Public Library is developing a Library Facilities Master Plan to help guide the next 10 years of planning for library services across the city. Make your voice heard to help us shape our future.

What Is the Plan? | Community Meetings | Why Now? | We Want to Hear from You
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What Is the Plan?

The plan will:

  • Analyze how customers currently use libraries and what services might be needed or expanded.
  • Explore the impact of city growth on how we deliver library services.
  • Engage the community in conversations to ensure future planning aligns with community needs.
  • Evaluate the condition of library buildings and help us plan for future maintenance needs.
Once complete, the Library Facilities Master Plan will provide a framework to ensure future investments in DC Public Library services are responsive to community needs.  

Community Meetings

In late February and early March 2019, the Library hosted four community meetings across the city to gather input from residents about current and future Library needs.

The Library is hosting a second round of community meetings to share results of the work to date and how the plan is taking shape. The team will gather community feedback.

Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 p.m. at Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE.

Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m. at Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.

Can't make it to a meeting, but want to share feedback? Please email us at community.feedback@dc.gov.

Why Now?

Over the past decade, DC Public Library has invested a half-billion dollars in renovating and rebuilding the city's libraries. To date, 19 projects are complete, with five more libraries in the design or construction phase. These new buildings have raised the bar for what D.C. residents expect in library service. 

Every measure of use has grown tremendously. Library circulation has increased 250 percent in the past decade. The Library now welcomes nearly 4 million visitors per year.

The way libraries are used can differ by neighborhood. In some locations, meeting rooms are more in demand while public computers or books are the most used service at other locations. As such, there is potential to increase use even more by customizing building programs based on community needs. In addition, as neighborhoods in D.C. have changed and grown over the past several decades, some residents are without easy access to a neighborhood library.

The Library Facilities Master Plan will help steer decision making. The Plan will help the Library work with elected leaders to determine funding priorities.

We Want to Hear from You

Community input is a vital part of the process. Please lend your voice about what you want from your library. This will help ensure that future planning around libraries is aligned with community needs. There will be several opportunities for community input.

Surveys -- The Library conducted a survey to gain more in-depth insight into what residents want from their public library. More than 1,200 residents responded to the survey.

Community Meetings -- The Library is hosting community meetings during the development of the Library Facilities Master Plan to ensure the plan aligns with community needs.  

Focus Groups -- The Library conducted 8 focus groups with a range of audiences including current library customers, D.C. residents who do not currently use the library,  Spanish speaking residents, teens and others who may face barriers to accessing library services.