Program Proposals

Program Proposals

DCPL Programming Guidelines

Programming at the DC Public Library is designed to engage the community in informational, cultural and educational forums and opportunities that transform perspectives and empower lifelong learning.

The library is particularly interested in programming that aligns with its four strategic priority areas:

  1. Reading: Support new readers and cultivate a love of reading
  2. Digital Citizenship: Prepare residents for life online
  3. Strong Communities: Ensure neighborhood libraries are vital centers of community learning and civic engagement
  4. Local History & Culture: Foster understanding and appreciation of what makes D.C. unique

Learn more about the Library's strategic plan.

Scheduling Timeline

Planning and publicity for library programs is done two to four months prior to each program cycle. Program proposals must be received by the deadlines below to be considered for a specific programming window.
Proposal Deadline Program Implementation
Sept. 1 January-February
Nov. 1 March-April
Jan. 1 May-August
May 1 September-October
July 1 November-December

Insurance Requirements

The DC Public Library requires that organizers obtain general liability insurance of at least $1,000,000 and name the District of Columbia and the DC Public Library as an additional insured for all events that include physical activity such as yoga, zumba, tai chi, dance classes/rehearsals,  etc. The Library reserves the right to require insurance for other activities deemed a risk by the agency.  Insurance requirements are subject to change at any time. 

Proposal Submission

Please complete the program proposal submission form; a library representative will contact you if the program meets our guidelines and fits into our schedule and budget.