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Memorial Day Hours

DC Public Library will be open online only on Monday, May 27 in observation of Memorial Day. The DC Public Library is open online for customers 365 days a year! Access digital resources and watch live and pre-recorded virtual programs on Youtube

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The Peer Outreach Program at DC Public Library supports library customers experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.

Peers have been where you are and are here to support you. They have been trained and certified through the DC Department of Behavioral Health to help you navigate the system. Peers meet customers at branches throughout the library system. Peers work with customers to find shelter, housing, treatment programs, mental health services, food, clothing and much more.

Meet with a DC Public Library Certified Peer Support Specialist (also known as a Peer Navigator) if you need:

  • Support while experiencing homelessness
  • Help with returning to the community after time in jail or prison
  • Help connecting to housing and other services because of partner abuse or domestic violence
  • Help with an ID and other vital documents
  • Assistance with finding medical care
  • Ideas for housing
  • Job and employment supports
  • Help with food or clothing

Peers are role models who demonstrate competency in personal recovery, and by serving as a consumer advocate who provides clients with information and support. Peers build rapport and trust with a customer so that the hard work of moving out of homelessness, and/or into recovery, can begin.

This program is LGBTQIA2S+ Affirming. 

Learn More About the Peer Outreach Program


Contact a Peer Support Specialist

Walk in and ask to meet with a Peer. All are welcome.


  • Monday
    • MLK Library: 9:45 am - 5:30 pm 
    • Petworth, Mt Pleasant and Northeast Libraries: 9:45 am - 12:30 pm 
    • Shephard Park and Anacostia Libraries: 2 pm - 5:30 pm 
  • Tuesday
    •  Woodridge Library: 9:45 am - 5:30 pm
    •  Shaw Library: 9:45 am - 5:30 pm
    • Anacostia Library: 9:45 - 5:30 pm
    • MLK Library: 9:45 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday
    • MLK Library 9:45 am - 5:30 pm 
      • Coffee and Conversation Group: 11 am -12 pm the 1st and 3rd Wednesday   
    • Petworth Library 2nd and 4th: 9:45 am - 12 pm 
    • Woodridge Library 2nd and 4th: 9:45 am - 12 pm 
    • West End Library: 2 pm - 6 pm
    • Benning Library: 2 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Thursday
    • MLK Library: 11 am - 5:30 pm
    • Shaw Library: 1 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Mt Pleasant Library: 1 pm - 5:30 pm
    • West End Library: 1 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Friday
    • Benning Library: 10 - 5:30 pm
    • Georgetown Library: 10 am - 12:30 
    • Petworth Library: 2 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Northwest One Library: 10 am - 12 pm
    • MLK Library 9:45 am - 5:30 pm

This service is supported in part by the 

Institute of Museum and Library Services
Audiences: All Ages
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