Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library

Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library

3935 Benning Road NE

The Benning (Dorothy I Height) Library is an award winning building designed by  Davis Brody Bond Architects and opened April 2010. This two-story, 22,000 square foot library features a flexible design providing inviting spaces for all. 

Exterior Image of Benning LibraryBenning Library Children    Benning Library Teen Space


Services and Features:

  • 40,000 books, DVDs, CDs, and other library materials with space for up to 80,000.
  • Children’s program room
  • Separate reading areas for adults, teens and children
  • 32 public access computers with free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • 8 Mac computers in the teen area
  • Mobile laptop cart with 20 computers
  • Comfortable seating for 200 customers
  • Large program room for up to 100 people
  • Two 12-person conference rooms
  • Parking for 14 vehicles
  • Public art by Ward 7 artists

Awards and Certifications:

  • LEED GOLD Certification from the US Green Building Council
  • Building of America Award 2010
  • Associated General Contractors, Washington Contractor Award 2010
  • National Association of Contractors and Builders, Proclamation Award 2010
  • Developers and Builders Alliance, Community Advancement Award, Best Developments of the Year, USA & Canada 2010
  • North American Copper in Architecture Award, New Construction 2010
  • Icestone Installation Award, Commercial Interiors 2010
  • Washington Building Congress, Craftsmanship Award for Special Construction – Thermal and Moisture Protection Category 2011

History of the Benning Library:

The new library building replaced an earlier building opened in 1956 designed by architect Clark T. Harmon.