Library Shifts Operations to Takeout Model

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Library Shifts Operations to Takeout Model

The DC Public Library has shifted operations at its locations to comply with Mayor’s Order 2020-127 and support the District’s efforts to mitigate the spread of
coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.


Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-127 to temporarily pause various activities in the District from 10:00 p.m., on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 until Friday, January 15, 2021, at 5:00 a.m. Additionally, the Order extends the state of emergency and public health emergency for Washington, DC through March 31, 2021.

Beginning today, the DC Public Library offers takeout service. Under this model, customers are able to pick up holds, pick up remote print jobs and return books at designated points near a building's entrance. Customers can request materials for take-out service by calling a Library location, visiting dclibrary.org to use the catalog or the chat service. Library staff will work with the customer to schedule a pickup location. Public computers will not be available. Reading and meeting rooms will remain closed. 

When customers arrive at a Library location, they will give staff their name and Library card number. Library staff will place the reserved items on an identified table. Customers must wear a face mask or covering and practice social distancing while waiting.

The following DC Public Library locations will be open with take-out services from 10:00 a.m.  to 2:00 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Anacostia 
  • Bellevue
  • Benning
  • Capitol View 
  • Chevy Chase
  • Cleveland Park
  • Francis A. Gregory
  • Georgetown
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
  • Mt. Pleasant 
  • Northeast 
  • Palisades 
  • Petworth
  • Shaw
  • Shepherd Park 
  • Tenley-Friendship 
  • West End 
  • Woodridge
The locations will be closed from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. every day for cleaning and disinfecting.