News Releases

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

DC Public Library Releases Top 2019 Reads

In 2019, Washingtonians had diverse interests in books, ebooks, audiobooks and magazines offered by the DC Public Library. Of the nearly five million items borrowed or downloaded, these are the most popular titles by type and format. Top 10 Fiction Books "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens "An American Marriage: A Novel" by Tayari Jones "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles "There There" by Tommy Orange "Circe" by Madeline Miller

DC Public Library Seeks Food Operations/Workforce Development Partner for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Library issues request for proposals for café service and rooftop catering

Over the last decade, the District’s food and beverage industry has grown by 29 percent. To help ensure that District residents have an opportunity to learn the skills needed for the estimated 52,000 jobs in this sector, the Library is seeking a partner to develop, manage and operate a workforce development model for food service operations in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.   

Statement from Richard Reyes-Gavilan Regarding the Death of Phillip Freelon

Phil Freelon played a critical role in the transformation of the DC Public Library. In addition to designing the iconic Tenley-Friendship and Anacostia neighborhood libraries, he was an early and authoritative voice that supported the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. In 2012, Phil was commissioned to develop a concept for a reimagined MLK Library and his work ultimately helped convince the Library, city leaders, and the public that the landmarked Mies van der Rohe building could indeed be transformed into an inspiring center for community education.

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