News Releases

Two Library Projects Honored for Excellence in Historic Preservation

Two DC Public Library capitol projects were honored at the Ninth Annual Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.The awards, presented by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Office of Planning’s Historic Preservation Office on June 21, included a Stewardship award for the Georgetown library.  The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Design Guidelines received a Publication award.

Library Foundation Gives Donors Sneak Peek of New Francis Gregory Library

June 19, 2012 – Monday evening, the DC Public Library Foundation hosted a sneak peek event at the New Francis Gregory Library to thank library supporters and to encourage others to support their library.Hosted by Mayor Vincent C. Gray and DC Public Library Board of Trustees chairman John W. Hill, more than 100 attendees marveled at the new building, designed by world-renowned architect David Adjaye, the night before it opened to the public.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and Renowned Architect David Adjaye Open New Francis A. Gregory Library

Facility Offers 40,000 Books & Other Materials, Inviting Places for Reading and Meeting

June 19, 2012 – Just as students are getting out of school for the summer and the D.C. Public Library’s summer reading program swings into full gear, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and world-renowned British architect David Adjaye today opened the brand-new Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library. The cutting-edge design offers residents of Hillcrest, Randle Highlands, Fairfax Village and other parts of Southeast D.C.

DCPL Site, Apps Offline Sunday for Maintenance

June 15, 2012 -- From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, and related sites (including the catalog and Overdrive) will be down for scheduled maintenance. The iPhone, Android and Facebook applications will also be inaccessible.We apologize for any inconvenience.

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.