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 issued a Request for Qualifications to select a design build team in March 2018. The Library will select the 3-4 best qualified teams who will then be invited to present proposals to the selection panel.

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 late 2020.

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.
  • Three members of the community will serve on the design team selection panel. The Library is working with Council Member McDuffie to identify these individuals.
  • The Library will use surveys to gather feedback.
  • The Library will conduct focus groups with adults, parents of young children, seniors, teachers, students and library staff.
  • The Library will host 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 community groups.
The Library hosted a community meeting on Oct. 5, 2017 to outline the project process and timeline 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.