News Releases

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.

DC Public Library Explores Future of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Building

Residents Invited to Sept. 19 Discussion

Aug. 28 2012 -- Forty years after the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opened its doors, the DC Public Library explores what’s possible for the historic building and what makes a spectacular central library.  District residents are encouraged to join in the discussion at the Sept. 19 meeting of the Board of Library Trustees at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, 6 p.m.  Nationally recognized architects and library experts will present ideas to board members and residents.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Celebrates 40th Anniversary

On Aug. 21, 1972, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library opened its doors for the very first time.  This year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the only public library in the world designed by Mies van der Rohe with discussions, a film series and a family festival.Exhibit: "Less is More": Mies van der Rohe and the Making of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Books & Bites @ the Library

Food Trucks come to MLK Library

(August 3, 2012) – Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. starting Aug. 8 for a limited time, food trucks will be parked outside of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street NW, as part of the Books & Bites @ the Library initiative.  People can grab lunch at the food trucks, relax at special seating just outside of the library and enjoy the library’s free WiFi and other services.  Each week will feature different D.C. Food Truck Association food trucks.

Mt. Pleasant Interim Library Closing August 18

New Library to Open in September

The Mt. Pleasant Interim Library, located at 3162 Mount Pleasant St. NW, will close Saturday, August 18. The renovated and expanded Mt. Pleasant Library at 3160 16th St. NW will open Wednesday, September 12. 

Chris Tonjes Appointed Chief Information Officer of Baltimore, MD

Chris Tonjes, the Library's Chief Information Officer, has been named the new Chief Information Officer for the city of Baltimore, MD.“While we are sad to see Chris go, we are excited for the opportunity that he has in Baltimore," said Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian for the District of Columbia.  “Chris has been the backbone for the Library's work to close the digital divide in the District and has helped make the Library an innovator with technology.  We will always be grateful for his work and his leadership."

DC Public Library Participates in Free Summer Meals Program

The DC Public Library is participating in the District's Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP).  Eleven libraries will serve lunch from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays to children and teens 18 and younger. Identification is not required.The program runs through Aug. 10 at the following locations:Anacostia Neighborhood Library1800 Good Hope Road, SEDorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library3935 Benning Road, NECapitol View Neighborhood Library5001 Central Avenue, SEFrancis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library