News Releases

Mayor Bowser Celebrates Third Anniversary of Highly Successful Books from Birth Program

More Than 40,000 Children Have Received Books Since Program’s Launch

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser celebrated the third anniversary of the highly successful Books from Birth program at Briya Public Charter School in Ward 1. Since the program launched in 2016, 793,685 books have been mailed to babies and children across all eight wards. The Mayor was joined at the celebration by Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen and DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan.

In the News: Home Movie Day

The Washington Post featured the upcoming Home Movie Day the Library is sponsoring in partnership with Suns Cinema. The event supports the Library’s Memory Lab, a DIY space where people can learn to digitize and preserve their old photos, videos and other keepsakes. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Opening in 2020: Modernization Progress Continues

New Services and Spaces Will Honor Dr. King

In 2020, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will open after undergoing a $211 million modernization. The building will not only redefine how a central library serves District residents, but it will also celebrate Dr. King’s life, recount his unique work in the District and support the values that made him a champion of civil rights and equity.

What Washingtonians Read in 2019

More than 4 million items have been borrowed, streamed or downloaded from the DC Public Library in 2018. These are this year’s most popular items by type and format. Top 10 Fiction Books "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng "Sing, Unburied, Sing" by Jesmyn Ward "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones "The Power" by Naomi Alderman "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead "Manhattan Beach" by Jennifer Egan "Pachinko" by Min Jin Lee

Library Kicks Off Planning for Future Library Services in the District

Community Input Critical for 10-Year Library Facilities Master Plan

District residents will soon have a better idea of the current and future needs for their libraries. The DC Public Library has begun developing a Facilities Master Plan that will guide the planning, design and maintenance of the Library’s spaces over the next decade.   The Library Facilities Master Plan will help the Library’s leadership, elected officials and the public understand the current condition of the District’s library buildings and plan for long-term facility needs.  

Consligi Construction/HGA Named Lamond-Riggs Library Design/Build Team 

A new building will replace the existing library

The DC Public Library has selected Consigli Construction Co. Inc. and HGA as the design/build team for the new Lamond-Riggs Library.   With this team in place, the planning for the new Lamond-Riggs Library will begin in October. The new library will be built at 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE, the current site of the Lamond-Riggs Library.  With a budget of $20 million, the new building will be designed to support modern library uses and achieve LEED Gold certification for environmental design.  

Mayor Bowser Celebrates Milestone on Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Modernization with Beam Signing

Ceremony Marks Completion of Structural Exterior Work at DC’s Central Library

Today, Mayor Bowser celebrated the completion of the structural exterior of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library modernization project with a ceremonial beam signing. The library is scheduled to reopen in 2020.     

Literature Advancing Social Change Focus of Annual Library Scavenger Hunt

“Words Ignite: The Literature of Activism" is this Year’s Banned Books Celebration

This September, the DC Public Library will raise awareness about the power of books to promote social change with “Words Ignite: The Literature of Activism.” Held in conjunction with Banned Books Week, the Library plans to celebrate the freedom to read, seek and to express ideas, even those considered unorthodox or unpopular. 

Story Time with Washington Nationals Pitcher Sean Doolittle

Event Part of Library's Summer Challenge

Next Saturday, Washington Nationals Pitcher Sean Doolittle will visit the Cleveland Park Library to share stories and answer questions.  Have you signed up for Summer Challenge? If so, this event meets the daily reading goal of 20 minutes. If not, learn how you can sign up to win prizes like Chipotle meals for reading for 20 minutes a day by clicking here.   

Mayor Bowser Cuts the Ribbon on the Cleveland Park Library

Popular Neighborhood Library is the 19th Renovated or Rebuilt Library in the District Since 2008

Mayor Muriel Bowser today opened the new, $19.7 million Cleveland Park Library. Located at 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW, the Cleveland Park Library is the nineteenth neighborhood library to be renovated or rebuilt since 2008, and the first new library to be built in a historic district.