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Project Overview

We're modernizing the Southeast Library. DC Public Library has hired the design/build team of Whiting-Turner Construction/Quinn Evans Architects for the $23 million transformation of this historic Carnegie library. The design will be a blend of preservation, renovation and rehabilitation.

The project goals include:

  • Expanded space for children, teens and adults
  • More space for books, computers and seating
  • Preservation and restoration of the building's historic elements
  • Universally accessible entrance (as well as maintaining the original historic entrance)
  • Restoring the exterior landscape
  • Environmentally sustainable design
  • Improved sight lines
  • More meeting, collaboration, and study space

The Southeast Library was designated a historic landmark by the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board on March 25, 2021.

View the final designs here.

Community Engagement

Community engagement is a vital aspect of the design process. The Library hosted 8 community meetings throughout the design process. In addition, the Library conducted a survey and hosted focus groups to gather input.

The project was reviewed by the ANC, DC Historic Preservation Review Board, The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the Capitol Hill Restoration Society.

View a compilation of the the comments here.