Anacostia Library

Anacostia Library

1800 Good Hope Road SE

The award winning Anacostia Library, opened in April 2010, was designed by the Freelon Group.  

Exterior of the new Anacostia Library




Quick Facts

Services and Features

  • Separate spaces for adults, teens and children
  • 40,000 books, CDs, DVDs and other library materials
  • Children’s story time room
  • Comfortable seating for 200 customers
  • 40 public access computers and free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Mobile laptop cart with 20 computers
  • A large meeting room for up to 100 people
  • Two conference rooms to for up to 14 people
  • Five quiet study rooms for one to two people
  • Public Art by Ward 7 artists

Awards and Certifications

  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) "Gold" Certification for environmentally sustainable design from the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • AIA North Carolina Research Triangle Chapter, Merit Award, Unbuilt Category 2008 and 2009
  • AIA North Carolina Committee on the Environment 2010
  • Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award for Special Construction, Thermal and Moisture Protection Category 2011
  • AIA DC Chapter, Merit Award 2012
  • ALA/IIDA Honor Award, Projects Under 30,000 SF 2012

History of the Library

The first library constructed for the Anacostia community opened in 1956. It was designed by architect Merrill A. Coe. Read about the 1956 building here.