Returning to the Library

Returning to the Library

Our path to a safe Reopening

Welcome back. We know how important the library is to you. With more than 4 million visits per year, we understand how much you value the services offered by the Library. That’s why the DC Public Library wants to help ensure the safety of our customers and staff as we reopen. The information that follows outlines how the Library will open with precautions in place to help ensure a healthy and safe experience for all. Our goal is to provide as much service to the public as possible while keeping our staff and the public safe. There may be times, however, that we will need to alter our plans due to changes in the public health environment. We will keep this page updated with the latest information. 

Library Services

As libraries open in phases, there will be limits on the services offered in each phase. Our goal is to gradually offer more services as health restrictions are relaxed. As each library will require some reconfiguration in order to accommodate the need to social distance, these services may look differently at each library based on the location’s space layout. Additionally, some of the public spaces in libraries may be needed as staff space to ensure materials are handled safely and staff can social distance. Further, the Library continues to offer robust virtual services and programming throughout the phases on the library’s website and through Facebook and YouTube. 

The Library is currently open for limited in-person services. You can visit our open libraries to:

  • Return materials
  • Pick up a hold
  • Check out display items
  • Have a book pulled from the stacks
  • Get a library card
  • Manage your library account
  • Receive print, copy and scan services
  • Sign-up to use a limited number of computers for a 45-minute session once per day or one 15 minute express session per hour
  • Use the bathroom

Customers will not have access to:

  • Browse the collection
  • Sit and read/study/work at a table or lounge area
  • Read magazines and newspapers
  • Use meeting or study rooms
  • Attend in-person programs or events

Hours and Locations

Anacostia, Bellevue, Benning, Capitol View, Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, Francis A. Gregory, Georgetown, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Mt. Pleasant, Northeast, Palisades, Petworth, Shaw, Shepherd Park, Tenley-Friendship, West End and Woodridge libraries are currently open.

Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed daily  2 – 3 p.m. for cleaning