New Petworth Library

New Petworth Library

Petworth Library ExteriorThe newly renovated Petworth Neighborhood Library, at 4200 Kansas Ave NW, opened in February 2011.

The new library features:

  • Welcoming spaces with comfortable seating and lounge chairs
  • More than 40,000 books, DVDs and other library materials with a capacity to hold up to 80,000
  • Children’s story room for story time and other children’s activities
  • Dedicated areas for adults, children and teens
  • 40 computers (8 Macs for teens) with free Wi-Fi Internet access
  • Laptops for personal use or computer training classes
  • 100-person community room connecting to a new outdoor patio
  • 12-person conference room
  • Two quiet study rooms
  • New and restored woodwork throughout
  • New terrazzo tile floor mosaic
  • Parking lot
  • Landscape and site improvements
  • New cupola and balustrade constructed according to the original 1938 design
Terrazzo Tile FloorChildren's RoomAdult Computers and Reading Room

The library also features many environmentally-friendly features including:

  • A new, energy efficient heating and air conditioning system
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Natural linoleum floors in the Lower Level
  • Natural cork floors in the first and second floor reading rooms
  • Bike racks
  • Use of paints, adhesives and coatings that don’t emit harmful fumes
  • Water-efficient toilets and faucets

Building Design Awards
The Library is seeking LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for environmentally-friendly design.  In addition, the Petworth Library has won the following design awards:

  • Craftsmanship Award (for the new terrazzo floor), presented by the Washington Building Congress in 2011
  • Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, 2011 Chapter Awards