Tenley-Friendship Library

Tenley-Friendship Library

4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW

Exterior of the new Anacostia Library

The Tenley-Friendship Library was designed by The Freelon Group. The award-winning library opened in January 2011.

Tenley Childrens Room

Tenley Interiro



Services and Features

  • Separate spaces for adults, teens and children
  • Children’s program room
  • Space for 80,000 books, CDs, DVDs and other library materials
  • Comfortable seating for 200 customers
  • 32 Mac computers and free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • A large programming room for 100 people
  • Two conference rooms for 14 people
  • Four quiet study rooms for one to two people
  • Environmentally sustainable design
  • Parking for 7 vehicles

The building also features a number of environmentally-friendly elements:

  • Vegetative green roof
  • Extensive use of daylighting
  • Sunscreens to filter direct sunlight
  • Energy efficient lighting including occupancy sensors
  • Energy efficient heating and cooling systems
  • Low-flow faucets and dual-flush toilets
  • Flooring and countertops with recycled content
  • Bike racks
  • Low-maintenance, drought-resistant landscaping

Awards and Certifications

  • LEED “Gold” Certification from the US Green Building Council 2011
  • 2011 Honor Award, American Institute of Architects, North Carolina Chapter
  • Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award, Doors and Windows/Curtainwall Category 2012
  • 2012 AIA Triangle, Gail Lindsay Sustainable Architecture Award
  • 2012 AIA South Atlantic Region Honor Award
  • AIA DC Chapter, Award of Excellence 2012      

Read an FAQ about the roof maintenance at Tenley Library.

Read about the history of the 1960 Tenley-Friendship library building.