Petworth Library

Petworth Library

4200 Kansas Ave. NW

Exterior of Petworth














The Petworth Neighborhood Library, designed by Nathan C. Wyeth, first opened in 1939. The building was fully renovated and reopened in 2011.

Services and 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

Interior of Petworth











 

Interior of Petworth














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

Awards and Certifications

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