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Library to Offer Browsing, Seating Starting June 1

On June 1, the DC Public Library will increase occupancy at all open locations. Customers will be allowed to browse the collection and sit at a table or in lounge areas to read, study or work. The Library will also expand the number of public computers available and extend the sessions from 45 minutes to 70 minutes. 

Mayor Bowser Celebrates New Southwest Library

$18 Million Building is first LEED Platinum Library and First All Mass-Timber Building in the District

Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser and District leaders celebrated the completion of the new $18 million Southwest Library located at 900 Wesley Pl, SW in Ward 6. The library, built using mass-timber, is the first District Library to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.

Library to Add Saturday Hours and Open More Locations in May

Starting May 3rd, the DC Public Library will open more libraries, expand to 50 percent capacity, and add Saturday hours at its open locations. The Deanwood and Southeast libraries will join the already open libraries to provide limited in-person services. The following locations will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 p.m.: Anacostia (Ward 8) Bellevue (Ward 8)

Library to Add Saturday Hours and Open More Locations, Including New Southwest Library, in May

Starting May 3, the DC Public Library will open more libraries and add Saturday hours at its open locations. On May 6, the new Southwest Library in Ward 6 will open. The Deanwood and Southeast libraries will join the already open libraries to provide limited in-person services. The following locations will be open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.: Anacostia (Ward 8)

COVID-19 One Year Later: DC Public Library Seeks Items Showing How Life Changed

Archive This Moment DC Relaunched as Annual Initiative

DC residents can help tell future generations how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted them in the past year. The DC Public Library People's Archive is expanding its Archive this Moment DC initiative and asking community members to submit media with descriptions that answer the question, "How has COVID-19 changed your life?"   

Bevy Smith Discusses "Bevelations: Lessons from a Mutha, Auntie, Bestie" at Library

DC Public Library and Mocha Media present “The LITerary Lounge With Mocha” series

Before closing for its modernization, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library hosted book talks that featured authors like George Clinton, Issa Rae, Marion Barry and Luvvie Ajayi. Now, the Library is partnering with the Mocha Media, the partner that helped bring these iconic authors, to launch the "The LITerary Lounge With Mocha" with author and pop-culture expert Bevy Smith.

In the News: The People's Archive and the Real World History Class

Recently, Center for Inspired Teaching donated oral histories to Dig DC, the online portal maintained by the Library’s People’s Archive.

DC Public Library Adds Washington City Paper Archive

People’s Archive to Digitize 1,000 Back Issues

D.C. residents can celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of Washington’s most popular newspapers at the DC Public Library. The Washington City Paper digital collection is being added to the Library’s People’s Archive.  

"So You Want to Talk About Race" Most Borrowed Book by a Black Author

Library releases most popular titles dealing with race by Black authors  

Today, DC Public Library released its list of the most popular titles by Black authors in the past year whose writings deal with race.

D.C. Teens Examine the Intersection of Journalism, Sports and Race

Library and The Undefeated partner to launch “Black History Always”

Black History isn't limited to February. It is a year-long celebration of joy, triumph and beating unimaginable odds. On Tuesday, Feb. 23, District teens will talk with Soraya Nadia McDonald, culture editor at The Undefeated and Ariel Atkins, guard for the Washington Mystics about claiming your voice, taking risks and becoming the change they want to see in the world as part of a new series called, “Black History Always.”

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