Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Woodridge Library Construction Project

Updated: Sept. 20, 2016

Q: How large is the new Library?
A: The library is approximately 20,000 square feet on two levels, plus a rooftop terrace.

Q: Who designed the Woodridge Library?
A: The DC Public Library worked with the award-winning team of Wiencek + Associates and Bing Thom Architects to design the new Library.

Q: How much did the project cost?
A: The budget for this project was $16.5 million.

Q: What will happen to the interim library building and site down the street?
A: The portable building was leased, so it will be removed from the site by the end of September. The land is owned by the D.C. government and is managed by the Department of General Services, which will resume responsibility for the site.

Q: How can I reserve the meeting and study rooms at the Woodridge Library?
A: The large meeting room, the two conference rooms and small study rooms can be reserved online at or by calling the library at 202-541-6226.

Q: Can I reserve a meeting room for an after-hours event?
A: The library is developing a plan for after-hours use of all libraries that could offer that service. The plan will not be ready when the Woodridge Library opens.

Q: Is the rooftop terrace open to the public?
A: Yes, the rooftop terrace will be open to the public during operating hours of the library, weather permitting.

Q: Can the rooftop terrace be reserved for meetings or private events?
A: The roof top terrace is a space for the general public, so it cannot be reserved for meetings or private events.

Q: How many books are in the new Woodridge Library?
A: The new library will open with approximately 47,000 items.

Q: Will the building have security?
A: Yes.  There are security cameras throughout the building that will be monitored by central library and Woodridge Library staff.

Q: Are there job opportunities at the Woodridge Library?
A: All job opportunities at any DC Public Library are advertised on the Library’s web site.
Q: Can I bring food or drinks into the Library?
A: You are welcome to bring covered, nonalcoholic beverages and food to the library, however eating is not permitted while at the computers. To serve food in the meeting rooms you must make special arrangements in advance with the library manager.
Q: Does the building have any environmentally friendly features?
A: There are a number of features in the building that are environmentally friendly:
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Low-flow faucets and toilets that help conserve water
  • Recycled materials in flooring, countertops and wood finishes
  • Lots of natural light that help conserve energy and decrease utility costs
  • Vegetative “green” roof
  • Bike rack
The DC Public Library anticipates receiving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design) Silver certification issued by the U.S. Green Building Council.