News Releases

Five Ways to Learn More About Marion Barry

As the District prepares to unveil the Marion Barry Jr. Commemorative Bronze Statue in the Wilson Building, some Washingtonians not know many of the reasons Barry was loved by so many. In anticipation of this milestone, the Library is highlighting some of the ways people can learn more about Marion Barry’s life and legacy.  "Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr. Marion Barry, Jr. and Omar Tyree.

Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan's 2017 Performance Oversight Hearing Testimony

February 22, 2018

Good morning Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committee on Education. I am Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director of the DC Public Library. I am here this morning to testify on the Library’s performance in Fiscal Year 2017, accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2018 to date, and plans for the year ahead.

DC Public Library Celebrates 50th Anniversary of 1968

Online Exhibit Highlights Dr. King's Local and National Ties to the District

1968 was a momentous year in US history. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated. The Poor People's Campaign, which Dr. King was organizing at the time of his death, brought activists from across the nation to the District.  Locally, 1968 brought the groundbreaking of what would become the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the founding of the Duke Ellington School for the Arts and the opening of Federal City College, now part of the University of the District of Columbia.

DC Public Library, Public Library Association, Announce Memory Lab Network Grant Recipients 

Federal Grant Supports Digital Preservation Programs at Libraries

People and families in seven communities are one step closer to being able to digitize and preserve videotapes, photographs and other family keepsakes at their library. Their libraries have been awarded a Memory Lab Network Grant

Library Hosts Industry Day to Review New Design & Construction Strategy

Library Implementing New Approach

On January 25, the DC Public Library will host an Industry Day to incorporate input from industry into our core business strategy and use it in future projects including the Lamond Riggs Library, the renovation of the Southeast Library and other future projects. The Industry Day will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the West End Library, located at 2301 L St. NW. Attendees can RSVP by emailing Lisa Deanes at Lisa.deanes@dc.gov.

What Washingtonians Read in 2017

DC Public Library Releases Most Popular List for the Year

From Ta-Nehisi Coates to Ke$ha, Washingtonians had diverse reading and music interests this year. Of the more than 4 million items borrowed or downloaded from the DC Public Library, these are the most popular titles by type and format. Top 10 Fiction Books “The Girls” by Emma Cline “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt

Weigh in on the Modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s New Ceiling Art 

Four Semifinalists to Present Concepts for Grand Reading Room Artwork 

This Saturday, four semifinalists will present their ideas for the ceiling in the modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s new Grand Reading Room. At this presentation, which will be held at the Petworth Library, the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the four proposals.   

Early Child Development Research Supports Sing, Talk and Read Program

Babies begin to learn words and what they mean well before they begin talking. In an article posted on Reuters Health, researchers are beginning to understand how babies do it.

Rendering of Grand Reading Room

Library Seeks Artists for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s New Grand Reading Room

Ceiling treatment to be one of three permanent public art pieces in modernized building

Today, the District of Columbia Public Library, in partnership with the DC Public Library Foundation, issued a Request for Qualifications and statements of interest for a ceiling treatment in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  

Perkins+Will/Turner Construction Named Design/Build Team for New Southwest Library

The D.C. Public library has selected Perkins+Will and Turner Construction as the design/build team for the new Southwest library     The Southwest library is being rebuilt. Located at 900 Wesley Place SW, the new building will be designed to support modern library uses and achieve LEED Gold certification for environmental design. The library project is funded at $18 million.   

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