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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.

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Find the latest news and updates from the library. If you are a reporter working on a news story, please contact the library's public information officer, George Williams via email at or by phone at (202) 727-1184.

Books Celebrating Diwali

Diwali, also spelled Divali, is one of the major religious festivals in Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, lasting for five days from the 13th day of the dark half of the lunar month Ashvina to the second day of the light half of the lunar month Karttika. Celebrated by more than 800 million people around the world, the word Diwali is Sanskrit and it means "row of lights."

Preserving D.C.'s Indigenous History

November is Native American Heritage Month and as we honor the multitude of stories, traditions and histories of Indigenous Americans, we share a special appreciation for the Nacotchtank, Piscataway, and Pamunkey tribes with a story about historical preservation efforts at DC Public Library.

Writers on NaNoWriMo

Crafting an original story is a rewarding endeavor but the scope of a novel can also feel daunting! To get the low-down on what it is like to be a writer we sat down with three authors who work at DC Public Library, Tracy Cross, Joy Jones and Jessica Spotswood.

Evil Laugh Contest

Something wicked this way comes...and it's you! We are heading into the fall and it is time for the DC Public Library’s third Annual Evil Laugh Contest.