News Releases

Rendering of Grand Reading Room

Library Seeks Artists for Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s New Grand Reading Room

Ceiling treatment to be one of three permanent public art pieces in modernized building

Today, the District of Columbia Public Library, in partnership with the DC Public Library Foundation, issued a Request for Qualifications and statements of interest for a ceiling treatment in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.  

Perkins+Will/Turner Construction Named Design/Build Team for New Southwest Library

The D.C. Public library has selected Perkins+Will and Turner Construction as the design/build team for the new Southwest library     The Southwest library is being rebuilt. Located at 900 Wesley Place SW, the new building will be designed to support modern library uses and achieve LEED Gold certification for environmental design. The library project is funded at $18 million.   

Mayor Bowser Highlights the Modernization of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Removal of the Martin Luther King Jr. Mural Marks Beginning of the $208 Million Project

Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser kicked off construction at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library by lowering the building’s historic mural depicting the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement. Mayor Bowser was joined at the event by former Mayor Anthony Williams, Councilmember David Grosso, Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Board of Library Trustees President Gregory McCarthy, and Library stakeholders.  

Library Plans to Make 75 Percent of D.C. Residents Active Library Users

New “Know Your Neighborhood" Plan Focuses on Customizing Library Services to Reflect Community Needs

District residents may see changes at their neighborhood library over the next few years. The DC Public Library released its new “Know Your Neighborhood" five-year strategic plan that aims to increase usage by customizing services at the city’s 26 locations.   Overall, the vision for the plan is for each neighborhood library to offer programs, services and resources that respond to and reflect its distinctive community. The Library will focus on inclusion and equity while advancing four priorities that will improve the lives and well-being of District residents.

Mayor Bowser and Library Leaders Kick Off National Library Week with Groundbreaking

On Monday, Mayor Muriel Bowser broke ground on the new Cleveland Park Library. Located at 3310 Connecticut Avenue, NW, the Cleveland Park Library will be the 20th neighborhood library to undergo renovation since the city began improving libraries in 2006. Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan, and members of the DC Public Library Board of Trustees joined the Mayor to celebrate the new $19.7 million library.  

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to Close March 4 for Modernization

Today, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan announced that the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, D.C.’s central library, will close on March 4 for a complete modernization. Reyes-Gavilan also released final renderings and floor plans for the modernized Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and will update the community on how Library service will be provided during construction at a meeting this evening.

Coretta Scott King in Her Own Words

Co-author Rev. Barbara Reynolds Discusses King’s Memoir

Today, Coretta Scott King's posthumous memoir, "My Life, My Love, My Legacy" is available at the Library. King dictated the memoir to author and journalist Rev. Barbara Reynolds. Tomorrow, Reynolds will discuss working with King on her memoir.

What Washingtonians Read in 2016

DC Public Library Releases Most Popular List for the Year

This year, more than 3 million items have been borrowed or downloaded from the DC Public Library. These are the most popular titles by type and format. FICTION Book The Girl on the Train; Paula Hawkins All the Light We Cannot See; Anthony Doerr The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Junot Díaz

Library Hours Expanding During Martin Luther King Jr. Library Modernization

Library Releases Interim Services Plan at First of Eight Community Meetings

When the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library closes for modernization in mid-2017, District residents will have more hours at their neighborhood libraries. DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan made the announcement last night at the first of eight community meetings on the plans for the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and for library services during construction.

Library to Host Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Community Meetings

Starting next month, District residents can learn more about the plans for modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and plans for library services during construction at community meetings held across the city.