Skip to main content

Service Alert

Due to a contract conflict between two software vendors, our DC Public Library app is currently experiencing functionality limitations, particularly with the "Search the catalog" and "Popular Titles" features located at the top. The vendors are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible. The library's catalog can still be accessed via our website both on mobile and on desktop, for your convenience.

Learn More

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