Southeast Library Modernization Project

Southeast Library Modernization Project

Design process has begun

We're modernizing the Southeast Library. DC Public Library has hired the design/build team of Whiting-Turner Construction/Quinn Evans Architects for the $23 million transformation of the historic building. 

Community engagement is a vital aspect of the design process. There will be many opportunities throughout the process for community input.

Upcoming Virtual Community Meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 6:30 p.m.

The design team will present concept designs and gather community feedback.
Please use this link at the time of the meeting to join. If prompted, please use password "library2020".


Community Engagement

The Library hosted a virtual community meeting about the Southeast Library renovation on Thursday, July 23. The design team shared the results of the community engagement to date, the due diligence on the site, and how the library building program is beginning to take shape.

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Past Meetings

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, the library hosted a community meeting in the North Hall at Eastern Market. Executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan introduced the design-build team of Quinn/Evans and Whiting/Turner. The presentation included the project process and timeline and an opportunity for community members to participate in design exercises.

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On Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020,  the Library hosted a drop-in for residents to meet the architects chosen for the renovation of Southeast Library. There was much discussion, exchange of ideas, and an opportunity for residents to begin providing input.

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On Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan was invited to speak with members of the Capitol Hill Village regarding the modernization of the library. He discussed the project process and timeline, and shared examples of buildings around the city that the Library has completed to date. The slideshow was the same slide show presented to the community on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018.

View the community comments

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, the library hosted a community meeting at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
Executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan discussed the project process and timeline, and shared examples of buildings around the city that the Library has completed to date.


View the presentation
View the community comments

History of the Southeast Library

To find out more on the history of this library check here.

If you have questions about the project, you may contact Martha Saccocio at martha.saccocio@dc.gov.