News Releases

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and "Awesomely" Luvvie Ajayi Speak at Library

This September, the Library is pleased to welcome two distinct authors to discuss their highly-anticipated books at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Presented in partnership with the Oracle Group, these events are not to be missed.Marc Lamont Hill “Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond” September 14, 7 p.m.

Reserve Your Copy of Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad”

The Library has ordered copies of Colson Whitehead’s new book “The Underground Railroad.”  Selected as the next title for Oprah’s Book Club. The novel follows a slave named Cora who decides to escape from the Georgia plantation where she is held. Whitehead's reimagines the Underground Railroad as a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath states where slavery was legal. To read more about the novel and to reserve a copy, visit the Library’s Coming Soon page

Reserve Your Copy of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” Other New Books

Now Library Customers Can Get in Line for New Books Before Release Date

DC Public Library users can now reserve newly-ordered books like “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and be in line before their release date.  

Board of Library Trustees Meeting Canceled

Tonight’s DC Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting has been canceled.  A rescheduled date will be announced in the near future.

Richard Reyes-Gavilan named to Urban Libraries Council Executive Board

On June 25, Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of  the DC Public Library, was elected to serve on the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Executive Board.

Library to Digitize The Washington Blade’s News Archive

Yesterday’s Washington Blade announced a partnership with the Library to digitize, store and make the nation’s leading LGBT newspaper’s full archive available to the public. 

District Locates Temporary Space for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The DC Public Library has identified temporary spaces in preparation for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library modernization. The Library is interested in creating a 5,800 square-foot temporary library at 1990 K St. NW. The lease for the space was negotiated by the Department of General Services. The Library Express location would include a computer training classroom; 8-12 public PCs; space for Adult Literacy and Center for Accessibility services; a location for holds pick-up; and a small collection of books.

Nationals Pitcher Stephen Strasburg Kicks Off DC Public Library’s Summer Reading Program

Today, Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals visited Hearst Elementary School to encourage every child in the District to participate in the DC Public Library’s Summer Reading program. Strasburg was joined by Gregory McCarthy, president, DC Public Library Board of Trustees and Vice-President of Government Relations for the Nationals as well as Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the DC Public Library. 

Library of Congress Magazine Feature on America’s Public Libraries Includes DC Public Library

The Library is featured in the cover story from the May/June 2016 issue of the Library of Congress Magazine. The article, which discusses how public libraries are changing to meet the needs of the communities they serve, includes services offered by the DC Public Library. To read the article, visit the Library of Congress Blog by clicking here

Author Matt de la Pena

Author Event: Matt de la Peña

Friday, June 3, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

Young adult Author and Newbery Medal winner Matt de la Peña will speak in the Great Hall at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 3.