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In the News: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Reopening

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library reopened on September 24 after undergoing a complete modernization. The transformed flagship library now features: a spectacular new, vibrant and transparent entryway sculptured monumental staircase a large auditorium and conference center 

Mayor Bowser Announces New Congress Heights Library to be Built at St. Elizabeths East

New Library at Parcel 16 to Replace Parklands-Turner Library

Today, at the groundbreaking for the new Whitman-Walker health care facility, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the new full-service library in Congress Heights will be built on Parcel 16 on the St. Elizabeths East campus. The library will replace the existing Parklands-Turner Library.  

Mayor Bowser Celebrates Start of #BacktoSummer Programming to Keep DC Youth Engaged

District Announces Partnership with Amira Learning and DC Sports Teams to Encourage Summer Reading and Reduce Summer Slide

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser joined DC kids and community members at Edgewood Recreation Center to kick off several annual summer programming initiatives, as well as announce a partnership with Amira Learning, DC United, the Washington Nationals, and the Washington Football Team to offer elementary DC students a new platform to sharpen their reading skills over the summer and the opportunity to win exciting prizes as part of the DC Public Library’s 

Learn About African American Music at the DC Public Library

Films, music, videos and articles available

Without James Brown, there would be no Michael Jackson. But who influenced James Brown? This June, celebrate the history and creativity of African-American Music with the DC Public Library.

Library to Open More Locations, Add Evening Hours and Offer Public Meeting Rooms

Starting in late June, the DC Public Library will phase in more services. Over the next four weeks, all locations will open, evening hours will be offered on Thursdays and meeting rooms will be available by reservation.    The Library's reopening schedule is:

Six Local Designers Selected for Public Interest Design Lab Fellows First Cohort

The DC Public Library and the Goethe-Institut have selected six local designers for the Public Interest Design LAB Fellows first cohort: Adrienne Gaither; Jenn Low; Anna McCorvey; Leigh Davis; Jessica Valoris and Josef Palermo.

Library to Offer Browsing, Seating Starting June 1

On June 1, the DC Public Library will increase occupancy at all open locations. Customers will be allowed to browse the collection and sit at a table or in lounge areas to read, study or work. The Library will also expand the number of public computers available and extend the sessions from 45 minutes to 70 minutes. 

Mayor Bowser Celebrates New Southwest Library

$18 Million Building is first LEED Platinum Library and First All Mass-Timber Building in the District

Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser and District leaders celebrated the completion of the new $18 million Southwest Library located at 900 Wesley Pl, SW in Ward 6. The library, built using mass-timber, is the first District Library to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.

Library to Add Saturday Hours and Open More Locations in May

Starting May 3rd, the DC Public Library will open more libraries, expand to 50 percent capacity, and add Saturday hours at its open locations. The Deanwood and Southeast libraries will join the already open libraries to provide limited in-person services. The following locations will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 p.m.: Anacostia (Ward 8) Bellevue (Ward 8)

Library to Add Saturday Hours and Open More Locations, Including New Southwest Library, in May

Starting May 3, the DC Public Library will open more libraries and add Saturday hours at its open locations. On May 6, the new Southwest Library in Ward 6 will open. The Deanwood and Southeast libraries will join the already open libraries to provide limited in-person services. The following locations will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Anacostia (Ward 8)

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