Library to Add Saturday Hours and Open More Locations, Including New Southwest Library, in May

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Library to Add Saturday Hours and Open More Locations, Including New Southwest Library, in May

Starting May 3, the DC Public Library will open more libraries and add Saturday hours at its open locations. On May 6, the new Southwest Library in Ward 6 will open.

The Deanwood and Southeast libraries will join the already open libraries to provide limited in-person services. The following locations will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.:
  • Anacostia (Ward 8)
  • Bellevue (Ward 8)
  • Benning (Ward 7)
  • Capitol View (Ward 7)
  • Chevy Chase (Ward 3)
  • Cleveland Park (Ward 3)
  • Deanwood (Ward 7)
  • Francis-Gregory (Ward 7)
  • Georgetown (Ward 3)
  • Mount Pleasant (Ward 1)
  • Northeast (Ward 6)
  • Palisades (Ward 3)
  • Petworth (Ward 4)
  • Shaw (Ward 6)
  • Shepherd Park (Ward 4)
  • Southeast (Ward 6)
  • Tenley-Friendship (Ward 3)
  • West End (Ward 2)
  • Woodridge (Ward 5)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
Southwest Library to Open

The new $18 million library will blend with the mid-century modern architecture for which the neighborhood is known. The library features 20,000 square feet of public space; a variety of seating options and spaces for reading, a meeting room for at least 100 people; three conference rooms for 12 - 20 people; four study rooms for one - four people; separate areas for children, teens, and adults; an outdoor reading porch and an Innovation Lab with 3-D printers. The Southwest Library is the latest project in the District’s ongoing work to improve libraries. The Southwest Library will open with the same limited in-person services as the current open libraries.

During the District's public health emergency, people are able to visit the library to:
  • Pick up books that they have placed on hold.
  • Apply for a library Card: Customers can apply for a library Card at an open branch and online via the Library's website
  • Use a computer: The Library has reduced the number of public computers to ensure six feet of social distancing. In addition, computer sessions are limited to 45-minute sessions to allow for cleaning and for more people to access the internet. While photocopying and scanning are not available, customers can send documents electronically for free printing.
  • Borrow Grab & Go Materials: Curated book titles and bundles of books will be available for checkout near the circulation desk. Customers can ask for a specific item, and the staff member will retrieve it. 
The following measures at libraries have been put in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:
  • Face masks required for staff and public.
  • Hand sanitizer available at each location for staff and public.
  • Regulated entry and occupancy.
  • Reconfigured branches to promote social distancing.
On April 5, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its cleaning guidelines, indicating that the risk of catching COVID-19 from a contaminated surface is low. In keeping with the new guidelines and in consultation with DC Health and agencies managing the city’s reopening, the Library will eliminate the 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. closure for additional cleaning effective Monday, May 3. Regular cleaning throughout the day will continue as well as additional cleaning in the event there is a COVID-19 positive case at a library location.

The Library continues to serve residents through its online digital library. Visit or download the DC Public Library mobile app for reopening information and the event schedule.