Neighborhood Library

Takeout service available Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Closed from 2 - 3 p.m.every day for sanitizing.

Petworth Library Closed

Interim Library Opens Monday, January 11

The Petworth Library is closed from December 21 through January 10 in preparation for the move to the interim. The interim library opens Monday, January 11.The permanent building will undergo a major renovation in the next year or so; however, full library services will be provided at the interim. The interim is located on the parking lot of Petworth Library and has the same address (4200 Kansas Ave. N.W., 20011) and phone number (202-541-6300) as the permanent building.

In a Blue Mood

If you're in a blue mood, why not check out one of our newest music biographies -- Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin D. G. Kelley. This compelling book about the legendary and eccentric jazz pianist has gotten rave reviews for its detailed and illuminating look at Monk's life and work.You may also like:

A Walk in the Parks

We recently received The National Parks: America's Best Idea by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns. This book, which is a companion to the PBS special, is absolutely breathtaking! You'll be mesmerized by the history, drama and nature within the pages.

Parking Lot Closed

The Petworth parking lot closed on November 1 in preparation for the interim library. The parking lot will be closed for approximately 16 months. On-street parking is available in the general area and the library is a brief, five-block walk from the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro Station. The library is served by the #70 bus that stops both in front of and across the street from the library (visit the Metro Web site to plan your visit via public transportation).

Read Beyond Reality

The theme for Teen Read Week 2009 is 'Read Beyond Reality.' Teens across the nation have been getting lost in the vast world of science fiction and fantasy lit. Fire, the spellbinding companion to Graceling, by Kristin Cashore and Catching Fire, the sequel to Suzanne Collins' dystopian adventure The Hunger Games, are just two out of this world titles that are flying off the shelves at Petworth.

Construction Update

For the latest on construction progress, check out our Petworth Library construction update page.

Cheap Reads

What’s the next best thing to checking a book out for free from the library?Buying one for under a dollar.The library bookstore at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is a good place to buy inexpensive books for kids and adults.  

Civil Service and Licensure Test Prep

Including Police Officer, Postal Worker and Firefighter Exams

Through the Testing and Education Reference Center, the library offers practice tests, online books, study tips, and test dates and deadlines. Exams covered include accountant, caseworker, correction officer, court officer, firefighter, parole officer, police officer, police sergeant, postal worker, probation officer, real estate, state trooper, treasury enforcement agent and U.S. citizenship.

Petworth Pictures America

As part of the Picturing America program (an initiative by the National Endowment for the Humanities), we have been fortunate to receive several high-quality, laminated posters of American masterpieces.  Using visual thinking strategies alongside these reproductions, we have had several successful and fun Picturing America programs a

Read The Washington Post Online

You can read today’s newspaper or go back as far as 1977.   You can also visit The Washington Post historic site and