News Releases

Famed Artists Terry Dixon and Robert Morris to Exhibit at Library

Works Inspired by Douglas Blackmon's 2009 Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book

This February, celebrated artists Terry Dixon and Robert Morris will install a mixed-media exhibit at the Martin Luther King Jr.

Winter Break Library Activities

With schools out for winter break, stop by the library to see a movie, hear a story or make a craft. Activities include:Exhibit: Holidays Past: Mid-Century Washington in WinterThrough January 8, Library HoursMartin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Great HallHoliday and winter images of Washington from the library’s Washingtoniana Collection.Teen Movie MondayIce Princess (PG)December 28, 6 p.m.Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 208

Live Homework Help Holiday Hours

The Library’s Live Homework Help® and Live Tutor™ services will be closed Friday, December 25 2009, in observance of the Christmas holiday and Friday, January 1 2010 in observance of New Year’s Day.  The SkillsCenter™ resources will still be available during this time.

Library Circulation Doubled

Public Gets Gift Bags as Thanks for Borrowing Books, DVDs & More

Today, the first 100 library users at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library received thank-you gift bags to celebrate the 100-percent increase in the number of books and DVDs borrowed from the DC Public Library since 2006. 

DC Public Library Holiday Hours

All DC Public Library locations will be closed on the following days:  Fri., December 24 Sat., December 25Sun., December 26Fri., December 31Sat., January 1Sun., January 2 Check Hours and Locations for additional holiday hour information.

Library Celebrates 100% Borrowing Increase

Number of Books Borrowed City-Wide Doubled Since 2006

On Tuesday, December 15, 2010, the first 100 library users at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will receive thank you gift bags to celebrate the 100-percent increase in the number of books and DVDs borrowed from the DC Public Library since 2006.  Items will include vouchers for an upcoming Georgetown University men’s basketball game. movie passes, and books. The Library will open at noon. 

Petworth Neighborhood Library Closing for Interior Renovation

Interim Location to Open January 11, 2010

The Petworth Neighborhood Library, located at 4200 Kansas Ave. N.W., will close for renovation at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2009.  An interim location, in the library’s parking lot, will open on Monday, January 11, 2009.The library will remain in the interim location until spring 2011, when the renovated Petworth Neighborhood Library opens.

Fenty Administration Unveils New Northwest One Neighborhood Library

Students and Community Gather to Celebrate 2nd Addition to Premiere Campus

Today, Mayor Adrian Fenty joined Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells to celebrate the grand opening of the Northwest One Neighborhood Library.  City officials and members from the surrounding community gathered at the new library, located at 155 L St. NW, to commemorate the occasion with a ribbon cutting.

Washington Highlands Library Closing for Reconstruction

Interim Location to Open December 21

The Washington Highlands Neighborhood Library, located at 115 Atlantic St. S.W. will close for reconstruction beginning Monday, November 30, 2009.   Library services will resume on Monday, December 21, at the Washington Highlands Interim Library, located at 4035 South Capitol St. S.W. 

DC Public Library Collects Toys and Books for Children With HIV/AIDS

The DC Public Library, in partnership with Bread for the Soul, will collect new, unwrapped toys and books for children with HIV/AIDS and children whose parents have the disease.  The toy drive runs from November 27 through December 17 for children one – 12 years old.  Toys and books can be dropped off at any of the 23 public libraries across the District.  Monetary donations can be sent to Bread for the Soul at the following address: