News Releases

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.

Celebrate Halloween

Family-Friendly Activities at DC Public Library

Before sending your little monsters out for a spirited night of trick or treating, stop by the DC Public Library for family-friendly activities at locations around the District.Wed. Oct. 28.  4 p.m.Halloween PartyPalisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. N.W.Children ages 3 to 12 will enjoy ghoulish stories, games and treats. Wed. Oct. 28.  4 p.m.Lil’ Monsters and MysteriesPetworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. N.W.

DC Public Library Celebrates New Teen Space

Washington Redskin London Fletcher Featured

Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper battled Washington Redskin Middle-Linebacker London Fletcher at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library today.  As part of the Library’s celebration of the first Teen Space in the District, they partnered with DC teens in a Nintendo Wii tournament.“While teens know that libraries have books,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library, “many are surprised to find video games and CDs.  Now teens can think of the Library as a place to learn and hang out with their friends.”

DC Public Library Launches New Web Site

Today, the DC Public Library launched its new Web site.  The new user-friendly web site, located at, is designed to help users find books quickly and access Library services easily.  Sections for children, teens and researches have been redesigned.  In addition, each neighborhood library has its own page featuring events and notices specific to that location.  Some of the Web site’s features include:a new calendar that filters events by day, location, and type of program