News Releases

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 

Statement from Richard Reyes-Gavilan Regarding the Passing of Luther "Lou" Stovall

It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing of Luther "Lou" Stovall, a truly exceptional artist and a beloved member of our community. Lou's contributions to the arts scene in the District were significant, and his impact on the lives of those around him was immeasurable. I had the pleasure of meeting Lou, and he was an inspiration to me and so many others.

"Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley: Let the World See" Exhibit Comes to DC Public Library's Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Exhibit shows how a fight for justice launched the Civil Rights movement and its ongoing relevance to activism today

In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was kidnapped at gunpoint, then tortured and murdered after having been accused of flirting with a white woman in Mississippi.

DC Public Library Launches Public Square

Discussion Series Invites Residents to Engage With Experts on Equity and Racial Justice

What are we talking about when we talk about equity and racial justice? How will leaders advocating for social change and the scholars who study it know that their ideas are meeting the moment? The DC Public Library hopes to help explore the next frontier of equity through a conversation series called “The Public Square.”  

What Washingtonians Read in 2022

DC Public Library releases list of most popular books borrowed

In 2022, more than 5 million items were borrowed, streamed or downloaded from the DC Public Library.

Author George M. Johnson Returns to Library for Banned Books Week

DC Public Library Plans Week of Screenings, Discussions and Events Promoting Awareness of Book Censorship


Banned Books Are Popular at DC Public Library

Customers Borrowed Books on American Library Association Challenged List More than 1,700 Times

According to the American Library Association, there were nearly 1,600 challenges to books offered at libraries and schools in 2021. To date in 2022, the top 10 most challenged books have been borrowed from the DC Public Library more than 1,700 times.

DC Reads 2022: A City-Wide Discussion of “How the Word is Passed”

  This month, join readers throughout the city for a series of discussions and events as part of DC Reads, the DC Public Library’s month-long literary event.

STAR Fest 2022 Showcases the Importance of Early Literacy With, and Without, Books

"We are part of the Library family. We go to Rosedale. We go to the seventh street location and I follow you guys on Instagram. We saw that the fest was happening, and we wanted to come for some of the performances and the bubbles. Our son loves bubbles and loves books."

Our colleague, Maurica Manyan

We are very saddened by the death of our colleague, Special Police Officer Maurica Manyan. Since starting in February, Maurica was known in the Library for her warm, bubbly personality. Our thoughts are with Maurica’s family, and the DCPL family, especially our colleagues in the Office of Public Safety, as we mourn the loss of Maurica together.