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Memorial Day Hours

DC Public Library will be open online only on Monday, May 27 in observation of Memorial Day. The DC Public Library is open online for customers 365 days a year! Access digital resources and watch live and pre-recorded virtual programs on Youtube

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Name a Library Space

Interior and exterior spaces at a library may be named for individuals, families, or mission-aligned entities meeting one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Provided extraordinary service to the Library or who otherwise merits special recognition; 
  • Made a significant contribution to the District of Columbia; 
  • Achieved a notable accomplishment while a District resident; 
  • Made a significant contribution to the world of libraries, reading, or literature.

Nominations may be submitted to honor or recognize an individual, family, or a mission-aligned entity. All requests shall be submitted to the Executive Director (or designee) in writing by sending an email to

Nominations may be submitted at any time. However, the Board of Library Trustees will consider applications for approval twice a year during the May and November meetings. 

View the Board of Library Trustees’ Space Naming Policy

View the Space Naming Guidelines

To submit a name for consideration, please send an email to

Email must include the following:

  1. Name of individual to be honored
  2. Year of Death
  3. Why does this individual merit special recognition?
  4. What significant contributions did this individual make to the District of Columbia?
  5. Was this individual a District resident? If so, for how long?
  6. What significant contribution did this individual make to the world of libraries, reading, or literature?
  7. Please list any awards or recognitions the individual has received.
  8. Please attach any news articles or other relevant documentation that could support this application. (Optional)
  9. Is there a particular space in a particular library that you have in mind (any final decision will be made by the Executive Director in consultation with the Board of Library Trustees)? 
  10. Why would this space be a fitting tribute to this individual?

Questions? Please email