News Releases

Jan. 28: Weather Delays Morning Library Openings 2 Hours

Due to weather conditions, DC Public Library locations that are scheduled to open at 9:30 a.m. -- Anacostia, Cleveland Park, Dorothy I. Height/Benning, Georgetown, Lamond-Riggs, Northwest One, Palisades, Southeast, Takoma Park and William O. Lockridge/Bellevue -- are on a two-hour delay (opening at 11:30 a.m.) on Monday, Jan. 28.  Library locations set to open in the afternoon (12 p.m. or 1 p.m.) will open as scheduled. 

Public Computer Service Restored

Access to public computers has been restored at DC Public Library locations.Express computers continue to be available, as well as other options for information access: WiFi is available, and you can access your account via our mobile apps. As always, our library staff are happy to help you with any questions you have.Thank you for your continued patience. 

Library Helps You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Offers Free Web-based Classes

January 1 not only marks a new year, it also marks the beginning of many familiar resolutions. While losing weight, getting organized, learning something new, or saving more money are common goals, research has shown that only 8 percent of the people who make resolutions keep them.  Luckily, Library users can jump-start or stay on track with their 2013 resolutions using more than 500 free online courses.

The Wall Street Journal Names Two Libraries Among 2012's Best-Designed Buildings

The District's new libraries stand out in their neighborhoods, and they continue to win praise nationally. The Wall Street Journal has recognized the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue and Francis A. Gregory libraries as two of the best designed buildings for 2012.

Mayor Gray Congratulates D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper on Winning 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture

Mayor Vincent C. Gray today congratulated D.C. Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper for being named a winner of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. She was honored for leading a campaign that has reinvented libraries in the District and raised public awareness of design excellence.

DC Public Library Collects Toys and Books for Children With HIV/AIDS

The DC Public Library, in partnership with Bread for the Soul, will collect new, unwrapped toys and books for children with HIV/AIDS and children whose parents have the disease.  The toy drive runs through December 14 for children one – 12 years old. Toys and books can be dropped off at any of the 25 public libraries across the District.  Also partnering with the DC Public Library and Bread for the Soul are  DC Water and the Department of Public Works. 

Elissa Miller Named Librarian of the Year for Promoting Reading in Spanish

Elissa Miller has been named the Librarian of the Year by America Reads Spanish (ARS).  The award to Miller, the associate director of the Library’s collections, was announced at the LIBER 2012 International Book Fair in Barcelona.“The Library is dedicated to serving a diverse group of native Spanish speakers in D.C., as well as supporting Spanish language learners and dual language programs,” said Miller. “Our Spanish Languages collections are the primary vehicle for meeting the needs and interest of all Spanish speakers, be they newcomers or long-time District residents.”

DC Public Library to Open Wed., Oct. 31

The library will be open on Monday, Oct. 31. For further updates, look online at, on Twitter at @dcpl, or on Facebook at

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and City Leaders Cut Ribbon on Renovated Mt. Pleasant Library

$11.2 Million Project Renovated, Modernized, Expanded & Preserved Historic Carnegie Building

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today joined Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells and D.C. Public Library Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper in cutting the ribbon on a renovated and modernized Mt. Pleasant Library. The historic library has been expanded to support modern uses and to highlight architectural and artistic elements of the building – one of the District’s oldest public libraries.

DC Public Library Campaign Aims to Increase Number of Library Cardholders

“I’m a Cardholder. Get Your Card.” Campaign Runs Through September

September is national library card sign-up month.  The DC Public Library is celebrating the month with the “I’m a Cardholder. Get Your Card.” library card campaign. The campaign features Washingtonians of all ages, all professions, and all walks of life with their library card.