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Memorial Day Hours

DC Public Library will be open online only on Monday, May 27 in observation of Memorial Day. The DC Public Library is open online for customers 365 days a year! Access digital resources and watch live and pre-recorded virtual programs on Youtube

Learn More About Library Hours

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Passing

A historically and culturally significant part of the history of Black American experience, passing was the tactical measure used by some Blacks to evade US segregation. Mixed race African Americans with little to no visible African ancestry were able to pass as White in the US to gain economic and social status and to escape oppression and degradation that were inherent during the construction of race, Jim Crow discrimination and segregation in the US.

It's the old, old story

We see it at the movies, hear it in songs, and read it in many books: retellings of stories that have been told since before writing.

Your Library is a Finalist!

DC Public Library was named a finalist for the 2024 IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This nomination, which is the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries, recognizes the library’s exceptional service and commitment to the District.