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DC Public Library Offers Unlimited Copies of eBooks on Race and Privilege

In the letter from the Birmingham jail, Dr. King said “there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.” In response to recent events, the DC Public Library seeks to create constructive tension to help people talk, and learn, about racism.


DC Public Library to Offer Select Services During Phase One Reopening

Take-out Service at Anacostia and Cleveland Park Locations Begins Friday

Library customers will soon be able to borrow and return physical items from the DC Public Library. On May 29, take-out service will be offered at the Anacostia and Cleveland Park libraries as part of Mayor Bowser's plan to reopen the District.  Because the District’s Public Health Emergency remains in effect, library service will be restored in phases. This approach allows the library to ensure the safety of customers and staff and to begin replenishing its physical collection.  

DC Public Library Board of Trustees Votes to Eliminate All Overdue Fines

Last week, the DC Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted to eliminate all overdue fines during its May board meeting. The Library acknowledged “overdue fines create barriers to access for the very populations the library works to serve – low-income residents – and are not an effective tool to encourage on-time return of library material” in the document explaining the measure.

DC Public Library and Pepco Encourage Local Teens to “Know Your Power”

Summer creative arts contest asks DC teens to show how they would change the world.

The DC Public Library Foundation and Pepco have teamed up with the DC Public Library to launch a contest that inspires teens to think beyond the traditional notion of power and explore how they can use their art to have a positive impact on their communities and the world, both during this unprecedented time

Cleveland Park Library Earns LEED Gold Certification

The Cleveland Park Library has received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the US Green Building Council for its design, construction and operation.

Author Elizabeth Acevedo Discusses Her Book “With the Fire on High” with DC Public Library

Book Talk Concludes Special Edition of DC Reads Program

To wrap up the DC Public Library’s special edition of DC Reads, author Elizabeth Acevedo will discuss her book “With the Fire on High” in an online book talk Saturday, April 4. The online discussion will begin at 2 p.m. To participate, log onto

Library Restores More Than 4,000 Blocked Accounts

Continues Work Removing Barriers to Online Use During Closure

The DC Public Library is taking additional steps to ensure all DC residents have access to the many resources available via the Library’s digital collection. To do so, the Library removed barriers to more than 4,000 blocked Library cards.  

March DC Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting Postponed

The DC Public Library announced today the DC Public Library Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for March 25, 2020 has been postponed due to the adjustment of the District of Columbia’s operating status. On Friday, March 20, to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-051: Prohibition on Mass Gatherings During Public Health Emergency - Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Library Kicks off Virtual Storytime Programming

Tomorrow, the DC Public Library will host its first virtual storytime featuring “What’s Going on in There” by Geoffrey Grahn on the Library’s Facebook page

Library Promotes Online Connections with Special DC Reads Centered on "With the Fire on High"

Unlimited eBook Copies of Elizabeth Acevedo’s Novel Available

The DC Public Library is hosting special online programs and events over the next three weeks to help people remain connected as the District encourages social distancing. Today, the Library is launching a special DC Reads book club centered on Elizabeth Acevedo's novel "With the Fire on High." Library users and DC residents are encouraged to join the online book discussion of the book from March 18 through April 8.