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New Lamond-Riggs Library to be Built

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

Library projects

Latest Construction Updates

Find out the latest on renovations and improvements to your libraries

DC Public Library is building and renovating libraries across the city to provide state-of-the-art library services. To date, 15 libraries have been completely rebuilt or renovated. Find out more information at dclibrary.org/news/constructionupdates.  

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Know Your Neighborhood: DC Public Library Strategic Plan

DC Public Library's Strategic Plan for 2017–2021 is now available. The strategic plan, informed by the broader D.C. community, will serve as a roadmap for the library in the coming years and help guide the Library Board and Staff in planning and decision-making for future library services. We have provided the strategic plan the following languages: English Spanish

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.

New Cleveland Park Library

The Cleveland Park Library will be rebuilt. DC Public Library has selected the design-build team of Gilbane and Perkins Eastman for the project. Learn more about the project at dclibrary.org/newclevelandpark.

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Nightwriters

Gather your tools for quiet writing at the end of your busy day

You are welcome to read, research and write at our quiet space for writers.  In search of “a clean, well-lighted place” to think and write? Looking for a room for quiet research and silent reading? Whether you write long hand or digitally, you are welcome to use this time and shared space to create or organize your notes.  Covered drinks and light snacks are encouraged; phone calls and use of devices without headphones is not. 

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Page Turner Thursday Presents: "A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter"

April is National Poetry month, and to celebrate, our book club will be reading A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter by Nikki Giovanni: "As energetic and insightful as ever, Nikki Giovanni now offers us an intimate and affecting look at her personal history and the hidden corners of her own heart.

Equal Means Equal by Jessica Neuwirth

Equality Now

The struggle for equal rights

The struggle of American women to achieve equality with men has been long and hard. These important titles document the history of this noble cause.  Divided We Stand by Marjorie Spruill

The Crying of Lot 49

Nothing To See Here

Books Where Nothing Happens

Seinfeld, famously, claimed to be a show about nothing. The same could be said about the play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. While you are in it, you might be engaged and interested, but afterword you might ask yourself, “What happened?” 

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