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 

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.

Mayor Bowser Cuts Ribbon on New Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and District leaders celebrated the completion of the new $20 million Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library. Located in Ward 5, the two-story structure replaces the original Lamond-Riggs Library.  

New Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library to Open June 27

Lamond Riggs Interim Library Closing June 15

The new Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library, located at 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE, will open Monday, June 27. District residents and library customers are invited to join the opening festivities starting at 11 am.

Celebrate District of Pride at the Library

This month, visit your Library to enjoy events that lift the LGBTQIA+ community and show different facets of the queer experience.  Key Events

Library Launches Discover Summer Program

Adults encouraged to model reading for pleasure and learning activities during the summer months

This summer, you could win a free pizza with a $25 &pizza gift card, increase your at-home book collection with a $30 gift card to Loyalty Bookstore, or enjoy a brunch with a $50 Busboys and Poets gift card courtesy of your Library. These are prizes that adults could win by completing four literacy-related activities a month in the DC Public Library's Discover Summer program.