News Releases

Mayor Bowser and Library Leaders Kick Off National Library Week with Groundbreaking

On Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser broke ground on the new Cleveland Park Library. Located at 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW, the Cleveland Park Library will be the 20th neighborhood library to undergo renovation since the city began improving libraries in 2006. Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan, and members of the DC Public Library Board of Trustees joined the Mayor to celebrate the new $19.7 million library.  

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to Close March 4 for Modernization

Today, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan announced that the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, D.C.’s central library, will close on March 4 for a complete modernization. Reyes-Gavilan also released final renderings and floor plans for the modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and will update the community on how Library service will be provided during construction at a meeting this evening.

Coretta Scott King in Her Own Words

Co-author Rev. Barbara Reynolds Discusses King’s Memoir

Today, Coretta Scott King's posthumous memoir, "My Life, My Love, My Legacy" is available at the Library. King dictated the memoir to author and journalist Rev. Barbara Reynolds. Tomorrow, Reynolds will discuss working with King on her memoir.

What Washingtonians Read in 2016

DC Public Library Releases Most Popular List for the Year

This year, more than 3 million items have been borrowed or downloaded from the DC Public Library. These are the most popular titles by type and format.FICTION Book The Girl on the Train; Paula Hawkins All the Light We Cannot See; Anthony Doerr The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Junot Díaz

Library Hours Expanding During Martin Luther King Jr. Library Modernization

Library Releases Interim Services Plan at First of Eight Community Meetings

When the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library closes for modernization in mid-2017, District residents will have more hours at their neighborhood libraries. DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan made the announcement last night at the first of eight community meetings on the plans for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and for library services during construction.

Library to Host Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Community Meetings

Starting next month, District residents can learn more about the plans for modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and plans for library services during construction at community meetings held across the city. 

Read and Discuss American Politics with DC Reads: Democracy

Library Offers Month-Long Discussion Series on American Politics and Democracy

Tired of the political spin in this election? The Library has created a series of events to promote thought-provoking conversations on American democracy.   “DC Reads: Democracy” features book discussions and lectures based on 12 books that explore the history, inner workings and struggles in American politics. The books are organized around four themes to appeal to a variety of interests.    

Statement from Richard Reyes-Gavilan Regarding the Death of Bing Thom

I am truly saddened to learn about the sudden passing of Bing Thom. DC Public Library will be forever grateful for his inspiring design of our beautiful new Woodridge Library.  He was a larger-than-life architect that clearly took joy in designing spaces for community. He will be missed. I send my condolences to his family and his associates at Bing Thom Architects.  ### Bing Thom died Tuesday from a brain aneurysm. He was 75. He was the lead architect of the Woodridge Library which opened on September 28. 

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden Open Woodridge Library

Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan and local elected officials in cutting the ribbon on the new Woodridge Library. The opening also celebrated a decade of improvements to the District’s library system.

“The Nix” and Other New Books Added to Coming Soon Page

The Washington Post is buzzing about Nathan Hill’s new comic novel, “The Nix.” Hill’s first novel is also one of the new books coming to the Library this September.  To read The Washington Post’s review of “The Nix,” click here