News Releases

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.

Library Launches New Fee System

To serve customers better, the DC Public Library will implement a new fee policy for overdue or lost books starting Friday, April 6. 

Library to Upgrade Catalog

The DC Public Library is upgrading its catalog system in the early morning of Wednesday, March 23, beginning at 2 a.m.  During the upgrade, users will not be able to search the catalog, access their library accounts, place holds on library materials, or register for a library card. The improved catalog system is expected to be up and running by 6 a.m. on March 23.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Library Releases Final Report on MLK Building Study

Launches Review to Test Report Findings

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) released its final report today after conducting a week-long review of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library building last November. Based on the results of the ULI report, the DC Public Library will begin an in-depth analysis next month to determine the feasibility and cost of implementing the scenarios."The analysis is the next step in a long process that will help us figure out how to make the District's central library a spectacular place for residents," said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the District of Columbia.

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library to Close Temporarily

The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library will be closed Monday, Feb. 27 – Wednesday, Feb. 29 to improve the sewage equipment in order to handle more capacity.  The Library will re-open on Thursday, March 1.  Library users are encouraged to use and can pick up holds at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

Team for Northeast Library Renovation Selected

The DC Public Library has selected Whiting-Turner Construction and RBK Construction, with Bell Architects and Vines Architecture, as the design/build team for the Northeast Library Interior Renovation.  Located at  330 7th Street NE, the Northeast Neighborhood Library is the fourth oldest public library building in the city still in operation.  The Georgian Revival style building, which first opened in 1932, will be modernized to provide state-of-the-art library services, while retaining the building's historic character. 

Photo/Film Requests

Requests for commercial or news photography or filming at the DC Public Library are approved by the Library’s Office of Communications. To obtain permission, send a written request (e-mail is acceptable) to:George WilliamsMedia Relations ManagerDesk: 202-727-1184Mobile: 202-596-0345E-mail: George.Williams2@dc.govPlease include the following information in the request: