Anacostia Neighborhood Library FAQs

Anacostia Neighborhood Library FAQs

The new Anacostia Neighborhood Library opened Monday, April 26, 2010.  Here is a list of frequently asked questions about the library.


How will the building be maintained?
The DC Public Library will provide regular maintenance, ensuring that the heating and cooling system, plumbing, elevators, electrical and cleaning are well maintained using environmentally friendly products.

What is a bio-retention pond?
A bio-retention pond treats rain water that runs off the building before it flows into the Anacostia River. By using a combination of plants and soil, the bio-retention pond removes pollutants from the rain water.

Does the building have security?
Yes. There are security cameras throughout the building that are monitored by central library and Anacostia Library staff.  A library police officer also is assigned to the building.  Additionally, the open space of the building allows staff to monitor activity throughout the building better.

How was the art in the building selected?
The library partnered with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and arts organizations, including the Ward 7 Arts Collaborative, to solicit artists for two murals. The two artists selected are based in ward 7. Kamala Subramanian, an art teacher at the Seed School, is the artist of the mural wall.  William C. Howard, an artist and teacher at Head Start, designed the glass wall. The murals will be installed in late spring 2010.

Environmentally-Friendly Building

What makes the building environmentally friendly?
There are a number of features in the Anacostia Library that are environmentally friendly:
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Roof that reflects sunlight and keeps the building cooler in the summer
  • Solar panels on the roof to heat water for the building
  • Bio-retention pond that removes pollutants from rain water that flows into the Anacostia River
  • Low-flow faucets and toilets, and waterless urinals
  • Automatic hand dryers in restrooms
  • Lots of natural light and outdoor scenery
  • Recycled materials in flooring, countertops and wood finishes
  • Bike racks
  • Parking space for an energy efficient vehicle
The DC Public Library anticipates receiving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design) Silver certification issued by the U.S. Green Building Council for the Anacostia Library.

How is the roof energy efficient?
The Anacostia Library has a “white” roof that reduces the effect of heat by bouncing it off the roof instead of absorbing it like a black surface roof. The result is better temperature control in the building – not too hot and not too cold, which saves on utility costs.

Programs and Services

Is there a computer lab?  Can I take a computer class?
The conference and community meeting rooms will be used to conduct classes, including computer classes. The Anacostia Library will be equipped with laptop computers that can be used anywhere in the library except the children’s area and for any purpose including computer classes. There also will be desktop computers available for public use.

How many computers are available to the public?
There are 32 public access computers – 24 for adults and 8 for children.

Are the Mac computers in the teen area exclusively for teens to use?
The Mac computers are for use by teens and for special library programs.  There are desktop and laptop PCs available for adult use.

Are there separate areas for children, teens and adults?

How many books are in the new library?
Anacostia Library has more than 40,000 books, DVDs, CDs and other library materials, more than double the number of books at the interim location. It has the capacity to hold up to 80,000.

Does the new library have books from the Interim and from the old library?
Yes. The Anacostia Library has books and other library materials from the previous Anacostia Library, and the interim library, as well as new library materials.  

How do I schedule a meeting room?  Can I use the meeting room after hours?
Meeting rooms can be scheduled online or at the Anacostia Library.  At this time, meetings can be held only during library hours.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Anacostia Library is open in the evening (1 – 9 p.m.).

How do I schedule a study room?  Is there a limit on how long I can use it?
You can reserve a study room with library staff. The study room can be used for a maximum of two hours per day.

What are the library hours?  Will they change?
The library hours are the same as they were at the interim location:  M, W, F, Sa – 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; T, Th – 1 – 9 p.m.  The Anacostia Library is closed on Sundays.  No change in library hours is scheduled at this time.
Can I display my art, music or books at the Library?
Yes. Please contact the Anacostia Library manager for details.


When will the other libraries open?
  • Benning Library – Opened April 5
  • Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library -- Opened August 2, 2010
  • Deanwood Library – Opened June 21, 2010
  • Georgetown Library – Opened October 18, 2010
  • Tenley-Friendship Library – Opening January 24, 2010
  • Petworth Library – Opening February 28, 2011
  • Washington Highlands & Francis Gregory libraries – Opening Fall 2011
  • Mt. Pleasant Library – Opening Late 2011
How can I have programs with or at the Anacostia Library?
If you are interested in working on a program directly with the Anacostia Library, please contact the Anacostia Library manager. If you are seeking a broader partnership with the library system, please contact the director of library services at 202-727-1101.

How can I join the Anacostia Friends?
The Anacostia Library has a Friends Group. Membership applications are available at the circulation desk or on the library’s Web site.

How can I volunteer at the Anacostia Library?
Volunteers are always welcome at any DC Public Library, including the Anacostia Library. If you’re interested in learning about volunteer opportunities, please visit the volunteer page.

Are there job opportunities at Anacostia?
All job opportunities at any DC Public Library are advertised on the library’s Web site.  An application is also available.  

Can I bring food or drinks into the library?
Yes. You are welcome to bring covered, nonalcoholic beverages to the library. Food is allowed for scheduled events or programs in the meeting rooms only. You can make special arrangements in advance with the Anacostia Library manager.