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Southeast Library Modernization Project

Design process is underway

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 this historic Carnegie library. The design process is underway. Learn more and follow the project's progress at

In the News: The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Reopening

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library reopened on September 24 after undergoing a complete modernization. The transformed flagship library now features: a spectacular new, vibrant and transparent entryway sculptured monumental staircase a large auditorium and conference center 

Coretta Scott King Medal

Coretta Scott King Award Challenge at Southeast

Celebrate the legacy

Help Southeast Library celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

Summer Challenge 2018

Summer Challenge 2018

Read 20 minutes a day. Every day. (June 1 - Aug. 31)

Take the DC Public Library Summer Challenge Kids, teens and adults can win prizes for reading this summer by participating in the 2018 DC Public Library Summer Challenge.  Reading just 20 minutes each day keeps your mind active and helps you stay engaged over the summer. Every 20 minutes you read or every library event you attend brings you closer to earning great prizes like free food from Chipotle and tickets to Washington Nationals baseball games.

Photo of Lamond-Riggs Library Exterior

New Lamond-Riggs Library to be Built

The design process for the new Lamond-Riggs Library is underway. Click here to learn more about this exciting project.

Read Feed

Bored with your reading options? Feel like you've read all there is to read of a particular subject? DC Public Library is here to help. Click here to find personalized recommendations and online book clubs, or scroll down for staff-curated readings lists.

Display Your Art in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

DC Public Library Accepting Applications for Summer 2023 Exhibitions

The DC Public Library is accepting applications for arts and humanities exhibitions from now through Friday, October 28. Selected artwork will be displayed in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library beginning in Summer 2023.  

Unmasked by the Marquess

LGBTQ+ Historical Romances

There are so many amazing stories of queer love that take place in the past, so here are a few fantastic ones that will absolutely blow you away. 

Cover of A Handbook for New Stoics

Contemporary Philosophizing

Books that address (some of) the age-old questions

For some, contemporary philosophy is unintelligible or unduly occupied by trolley problems or filled by dry-as-dust statements that adhere to the demands of logic but say nothing about human life.

Walking the Foggy Bottom Historic District

Walking the Foggy Bottom District

In partnership with the Foggy Bottom Association, we invite you to take a virtual walking tour featuring the Foggy Bottom Neighborhood's architectural, artistic, and historic highlights, and the stories about the people who lived here. Foggy Bottom Association History Project Co-Chairs Frank Leone and Denise Vogt will serve as co-lecturers. This program will be in-person in the Large Meeting Room at West End Neighborhood Library on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 6:00-7:30 PM.