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Service Alert

The Bellevue/William O. Lockridge Library is closed temporarily for major repairs to the HVAC system. Work has begun and additional parts have been ordered to complete the repairs. The library will reopen once the repairs are complete. The book drop will be locked. Due dates and hold expiration dates will be extended. 

Arthur Capper TechExpress is closed for critical repairs to the HVAC system. The Department of General Services has completed their assessment, identified the issue and ordered the necessary parts. Once the parts arrive, they will require two days to complete the repairs. The earliest that TechExpress will open is Monday, July 1. The Book Return will remain locked. Available holds have been transferred to the Northeast Library. Expiration dates have been extended.

DC Public Library is proud to host a variety of writers, lecturers, and community members for special events celebrating their works and accomplishments. Discover some of our recent series and plan to attend an upcoming author talk!

Speaker Series


Well-Read Black Girl at DC Public Library

Well-Read Black Girl at DC Public Library 

DC Public Library is excited to partner with Well-Read Black Girl to bring Glory Edim's legendary book club to D.C. readers! Well-Read Black Girl's goal is to introduce a cohort of diverse writers to future generations - contemporary authors who are non-binary, queer, trans, and disabled and to address inequalities and improve communities through reading and reflecting on the works of Black women. 


Learn More About Well-Read Black Girl 

The Public Square logo

The Public Square 

What are we talking about when we talk about equity and racial justice? How will leaders advocating for social change and the scholars who study it know that their ideas are meeting the moment? DC Public Library explores the next frontier of equity through a conversation series called “The Public Square.”

The Public Square brings leaders and innovators to the Library to discuss the next phase of their work or scholarship. Traditional prepared and packaged speeches are replaced by engaging conversations designed to move their work or scholarship forward. 


Learn More About The Public Square

La Comunidad Reads with Lupita Aquino

La Comunidad Reads with Lupita Aquino 

DC Public Library teams up with advocate Lupita Reads to create La Comunidad Reads, a groundbreaking initiative set to showcase and amplify Latine voices in literature, highlighting the richness and diversity of their works.

Lupita Reads is a platform known for promoting books authored by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and the Queer community. Founded by Lupita Aquino, her popular Instagram account – @Lupita.Reads, has created a space for readers to connect through literature by highlighting the importance of reading and discussing books by authors of different backgrounds, ethnicities and identities. 


Learn More About La Comunidad Reads

DC Reads Voices of DC

DC Reads

DC Reads is a DC Public Library program that promotes citywide conversations focused on a single book. Past titles have included How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith, Good Talk by Mira Jacob, and Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires. 


Learn More About DC Reads

Explore the Series on YouTube

Just hearing about our series and sad to have missed a talk? Check out videos from events past on YouTube! Find full-length author talks from each of our series as well as interviews with the many authors, musical guests, and creatives that have joined the library. 


Check out the DC Public Library YouTube channel