Library to Close If Federal Government Shuts Down

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Library to Close If Federal Government Shuts Down

If the Federal government shutdown takes effect Friday, April 8, at midnight, the DC Public Library will close all locations as well as cancel community meetings and library programs. However, late fines will not accrue on checked-out books, CDs and DVDs. 

Because Congress approves the District’s budget, the city is treated as a federal agency. As a result, the library will not be able to operate during the government shutdown. Libraries would be closed beginning Saturday, April 9, until Congress reaches an agreement. If a shutdown occurs, only limited library personnel will be permitted to work. The essential personnel would include select library police and facilities staff.

During the shutdown, all library locations and the administrative office will be closed. In addition, all book drops will be locked. Library users will be unable to check out, return, renew or reserve books on the library’s website or at any location. The library’s webste,, will be disabled, and downloadable content will not be available. iPhone and Smartphone access to the library will also be disabled.    

Events and meetings scheduled at library locations, including community meetings, will be canceled. No fines or fees will be charged, and borrowing periods will be extended for items due during the shutdown.