Lamond-Riggs Library Project

Lamond-Riggs Library Project

New Library to be built

The Lamond-Riggs Library, at 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE, is going to be rebuilt. The project is fully funded at $20 million.

The Library will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to select a design build team in early 2018. The design process will begin in Summer 2018 and will take approximately 12 months. Once the design is complete, the current building will be closed and an interim location will provide library service during construction. The new building will open in 2021.

Community Engagement

Community engagement is a vital aspect of the design process for a new library. The Library will seek input in a variety of formats.
  • Two members of the community will be invited to serve on the design team selection panel. The Library will work with Council Member McDuffie to identify these individuals.
  • Shortly after the RFP is issued, the Library will issue a survey asking customers for feedback on the types of library services they want to see in their new building.
  • The Library will conduct focus groups with adults, parents of young children, seniors, teachers, students and library staff.
  • The Library will host a series of community meetings throughout the design process to gather feedback as the design takes shape. 
  • Members of the design team will attend meetings of civic associations, ANC, PTAs and other groups in the community.
The Library hosted a community meeting on Oct. 5 to outline the process and timeline for the project and to share examples of buildings around the city that the Library has completed to date. View the presentation.

If you have questions about the project, you may contact either of the individuals below.

Martha Saccocio, or 202-727-1188
Archie Williams, or 202-727-1437

Interim Library Services

The Library will provide interim library services during construction of the new building. The team will be searching for a location as close to the current library as possible. In the past, these spaces have been store fronts or trailer-buildings placed on available land.