Northeast Library Renovation

Northeast Library Renovation

Frequently Asked Questions

The Northeast Library is closed for renovation. Below are some frequently asked questions about the project.

Will any streets or sidewalks be closed during construction?
Construction fencing will go up in early October 2012 and will remain up for the duration of the project. The sidewalk on 7th Street will be closed for pedestrian safety. In addition, a dumpster and small trailer will be placed in front of the library and will remain for the duration of the project.

If temporary street closures are necessary during the project, neighbors will be notified prior to the closing, as is required by the DDOT permitting process.

When will the library close for renovation?
The library closed on September 22 at 5:30 p.m. It will remain closed for approximately 18 months. The process of moving out of the library will take about three weeks. Construction, including asbestos abatement, will begin shortly after move-out is complete.

Will there be temporary library services during the renovation?
Interim library services will be provided at the Southeast Library, at 403 7th Street SE, which has expanded hours for the duration of the renovation project. The Southeast Library hours are:

M, W, F, Sa 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tu,Th 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sun Closed

Hours at the Southeast Library will return to normal when the Northeast Library re-opens.

In addition, the new Rosedale Library, at 1701 Gales Street NE, opens October 15. The hours at Rosedale will be:

M, W 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tu, Th, F, Sa 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sun Closed

What will happen to the books and other library materials during renovation?
Books and other materials will be placed in storage during the renovation. They will be returned to the Northeast Library, along with the addition of new materials, when the library re-opens.

When will the community get to view furniture and other finishes, such as lighting, that will be in the new library?
Final furniture and fixture selections will be made closer to completion of the project. Images of the selections will be displayed on the library’s website as well as at the Southeast Library.

Where can I hold a community meeting while the library is closed?
Customers may book a meeting room at most DC Public Library locations, including the Southeast Library. To book a meeting online, visit

How much will the project cost?
The project will cost $10 million.  All funds have been secured.

How will the recently installed garden and landscaping be affected by the renovation?
All of exterior areas of the building, including the garden and landscaping, will be protected during construction to minimize any damage. Any landscaping that is damaged will be replaced.

Where can I donate used books while the Northeast Library is closed?
Many library locations have Friends groups that periodically accept donations for book sales. Please contact the library location directly before bringing books for donation.

What will happen to the Northeast staff during the renovation?
Staff has been assigned to work at other DC Public Library locations during the renovation.

How can I get regular information about the renovation progress?
For construction-related updates for the Northeast Library and the share comments, follow us on Twitter at @NELibraryNews  or on the Northeast Library Blog.