News Releases

DC Public Library Board of Trustees Votes to Eliminate All Overdue Fines

Last week, the DC Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted to eliminate all overdue fines during its May board meeting. The Library acknowledged “overdue fines create barriers to access for the very populations the library works to serve – low-income residents – and are not an effective tool to encourage on-time return of library material” in the document explaining the measure.

DC Public Library and Pepco Encourage Local Teens to “Know Your Power”

Summer creative arts contest asks DC teens to show how they would change the world.

The DC Public Library Foundation and Pepco have teamed up with the DC Public Library to launch a contest that inspires teens to think beyond the traditional notion of power and explore how they can use their art to have a positive impact on their communities and the world, both during this unprecedented time

Cleveland Park Library Earns LEED Gold Certification

The Cleveland Park Library has received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council for its design, construction and operation.

Author Elizabeth Acevedo Discusses Her Book “With the Fire on High” with DC Public Library

Book Talk Concludes Special Edition of DC Reads Program

To wrap up the DC Public Library’s special edition of DC Reads, author Elizabeth Acevedo will discuss her book “With the Fire on High” in an online book talk Saturday, April 4. The online discussion will begin at 2 p.m. To participate, log onto

Library Restores More Than 4,000 Blocked Accounts

Continues Work Removing Barriers to Online Use During Closure

The DC Public Library is taking additional steps to ensure all DC residents have access to the many resources available via the Library’s digital collection. To do so, the Library removed barriers to more than 4,000 blocked Library cards.  

March DC Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting Postponed

The DC Public Library announced today the DC Public Library Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for March 25, 2020 has been postponed due to the adjustment of the District of Columbia’s operating status. On Friday, March 20, to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-051: Prohibition on Mass Gatherings During Public Health Emergency - Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Library Kicks off Virtual Storytime Programming

Tomorrow, the DC Public Library will host its first virtual storytime featuring “What’s Going on in There” by Geoffrey Grahn on the Library’s Facebook page

Library Promotes Online Connections with Special DC Reads Centered on "With the Fire on High"

Unlimited eBook Copies of Elizabeth Acevedo’s Novel Available

The DC Public Library is hosting special online programs and events over the next three weeks to help people remain connected as the District encourages social distancing. Today, the Library is launching a special DC Reads book club centered on Elizabeth Acevedo's novel "With the Fire on High." Library users and DC residents are encouraged to join the online book discussion of the book from March 18 through April 8.  

Most Romantic Reads Borrowed from DC Public Library

"City of Girls" and "Outlander" Take Top Spots

Dinner and a movie? Consider curling up with a good book this Valentine's Day. Research shows that reading and discussing books together can be a fun way for couples to grow closer. To get started, the DC Public Library has compiled a list of D.C.'s favorite romance titles checked out in the past year and the most checked out romance e-books of all time. Top 10 Romance Titles of 2019 

More than 50,000 Books by Black Authors or about Black History Borrowed from DC Public Library in the Past Year

Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” Ranks Number One in Titles Overall and Non-Fiction

Today, DC Public Library released its list of the most popular titles by black authors and/or related to black history in the past year. According to their records, more than 50,000 books by or about African-Americans have been borrowed since February 2019 including works by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, children's books and local authors. Top Titles Overall