News Releases

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: 

History of Political Activism in D.C. Chronicled in New Book

The photo archives in the DC Public Library’s Washingtoniana Division contain 1.2 million photographs dating back to the 1800s.  This month, Library images from the civil rights movement and DC’s struggle for Home Rule will be showcased in a new book, "Washington, D.C. Protests: Scenes from Home Rule to the Civil Rights Movement.”  

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Parking Garage Closed to Public

Starting November 15, public parking in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library garage will no longer be permitted. This change is due to the library’s FY 2010 budget reduction. The library, located at 901 G St. N.W., is close to the Metro Center and Gallery Place Metro stations. In addition, there is paid parking available nearby. FAQs   

DC Public Library Opens 2010 Letters About Literature Contest

Know a young person who can’t stop talking about a book that changed their life?  The DC Public Library wants to know about it. Letters About Literature, a national writing contest, invites young readers to write a letter to an author explaining how their book has impacted their life.  Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the DC Public Library, and Target, the contest is open to elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Have Your Little Monster Draw a Monster at the DC Public Library

Art Contest to Benefit Jolie-Pitt Founded Foundation

As kids across the city look for Halloween celebrations and activities, the DC Public Library offers an art activity with a twist.

High School Seniors, Check Out the Library’s College Resources

November is a busy time for high school seniors.  Many college early admission applications are due.  The November and December SATs loom.  Personal statements and essays have to be written and edited.  At every part of the college application process, the DC Public Library can help students.