News Releases

Mayor Vincent C. Gray & Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper Stress Summer Reading at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library Opening

Building Is First Library in North America Designed by Renowned British Architect David Adjaye

June 13, 2012 – Today, DC Public Library (DCPL) Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, world-famous architect David Adjaye and District residents joined Mayor Vincent C. Gray to cut the ribbon on the William O. Lockridge/Bellevue library.The library is the first in North America to be designed by Adjaye, whose designs in the United Kingdom helped change how the public viewed and used libraries. This library design challenges the traditional idea of the library by arranging the space to encourage social interaction and maximizing natural light sources.

Library Seeks Public’s Help Creating Chuck Brown Archive

May 29, 2012  – On May 16, D.C. lost a music icon: Chuck Brown. As the city prepares to say goodbye to the Godfather of Go-Go, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Public Library are asking for the public’s help in creating an archive honoring the artist.“Chuck Brown captured the hearts and rhythm of District residents for over 30 years,” Mayor Gray said. “As you look over old pictures, performances and old newspapers, consider donating them to the Library so that the District can preserve Chuck’s musical legacy for generations to come.”

Library Plans for Future of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Building

Examines ULI Recommendations

May, 24, 2012 – The DC Public Library has commissioned The Freelon Group – the Martin Luther King Jr. Library building’s architect of record since 2010 – and library consultants June Garcia and Susan Kent to develop ideas for renovating and reviving the historically protected Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building.

Library Revises Lending Period for Movies and Music

To serve customers better, the DC Public Library is revising the lending period for movies and music starting June 1.  The loan period for DVDs and music CDs will change from 21 days to seven days.  The lending period for audiobooks will remain 21 days. Items that are 30 days or more overdue will incur an overdue fee of $5 per item.  Items that are overdue 60 days or more will be considered lost or damaged and will carry an additional fee ranging from $8 - $20 depending on the type of item.

Two Library Employees Honored for Adult and Computer Literacy Work

Two DC Public Library employees have been recognized for their work supporting adult and computer literacy in the District.Marcia Harrington, the director of the DC Public Library's Adult Literacy Resource Center, has been named one of five winners of the 2012 Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Award for Distinguished DC Government Employees. Desiré Grogan, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library's computer training coordinator, was named a finalist for the 2012 awards.

DC Public Library Names Eva Poole Chief of Staff

Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper announced today that Eva Poole will join the DC Public Library as chief of staff. Poole comes to the DC Public Library from Denton, Texas, where she led that city's public library system.Poole will join the library in July.   As chief of staff, she will work closely with Cooper and other key library managers.  She will be responsible for further coordinating the work of library service and business operations. She will directly manage several areas of library service.

District Students Write Writers

Essay Contest Promotes Reading and Reflection

While it may seem strange for a student to write a letter to Anne Frank, at the DC Public Library it's rewarded.  This Saturday, eight students will be honored at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library as winners in the 2012 Letters About Literature writing contest. 

Washington Highlands and Francis A. Gregory Interim Libraries Closing

New Libraries to Open in June

The Washington Highlands Interim Library closes Saturday, May 19.  The new library at 115 Atlantic St., SW opens Wednesday, June 13.  Additionally, the Francis A. Gregory Interim Library closes Saturday, May 26.  The new library at 3660 Alabama Ave., SE opens Tuesday, June 19. 

Lamond-Riggs to Close Saturday and Monday

The Lamond-Riggs Neighborhood Library will be closed Saturday, April 21, 2012 and Monday, April 23, 2012 for emergency maintenance.   It is scheduled to re-open on Tuesday, April 24 at its regular time.

Bing Thom and Wienceck Named Woodridge Library Architects

The DC Public Library has selected the award-winning team of Wienceck + Associates and Bing Thom Architects to design the new Woodridge Neighborhood Library.  Located at 1801 Hamlin St. NE, the new building will be the first library in the United States designed by internationally acclaimed architect Bing Thom.