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Emancipation Day Hours

A neighborhood library will be open in each ward on Tuesday, Apr. 16 in observance of Emancipation Day. Neighborhood libraries will be open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will be open from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

  • Ward 1 – Mt. Pleasant Library
  • Ward 2 – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library* 
  • Ward 3 – Tenley-Friendship Library
  • Ward 4 – Petworth Library
  • Ward 5 – Woodridge Library
  • Ward 6 – Southwest Library
  • Ward 7 – Benning/Dorothy I. Height Library
  • Ward 8 – Anacostia Library

The DC Public Library is open online for customers 365 days a year! Access digital resources and watch live and pre-recorded virtual programs on Youtube

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At the heart of the Shaw community, the Shaw/Watha T. Daniel Neighborhood Library serves as a knowledge hub and community gathering place for a diverse and growing neighborhood. Shaw is located directly across from a metro station, just blocks away from historic Howard University, and situated at the intersection of 7th Street and Rhode Island Avenue -- blocks from the Convention Center. The Shaw library serves a wide ranging population demographic of both generational Washingtonians and one-time visitors.

SERVICE NOTICE: The elevator is currently out of service. If you need materials from another floor of the library please ask a library staff member.

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library


1630 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Nearby Locations


Sunday: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Monday: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-8:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-6:00 pm

At this location

Large Print Keyboards
Meeting Rooms
Printing & Scanning
Study Rooms


Branch Manager
April King
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