January 23, 2022

Public Libraries: D.C. Mayor Proposes $100 Million Overhaul of Central Library

From The Washington Post:

Mayor Vincent C. Gray is proposing to spend more than $100 million in the coming years to remake the District’s four-decade-old central library, moving forward with a project that two previous mayors pondered but ultimately did not pursue.

Renovating the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, located downtown at 9th and G streets NW, would complete a $225 million transformation of the city’s public libraries and make good on longstanding promises to revitalize the aging steel-and-glass building designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Gray unveiled the plans as part of his fiscal 2014 budget proposal, which he presented to D.C. Council members Thursday morning.


Besides the central library spending, Gray also proposed more than $40 million to renovate or rebuild the system’s branches in Cleveland Park, Palisades and Woodridge. His proposal also would restore seven-day-a-week operations at all city libraries for the first time since 2009, when a budget crunch led to Sunday closings and abbreviated hours at neighborhood branches.

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See Also: District Weighs Proposals for Renovating MLK Library While Preserving Historic Status (via via Washington Post; September 19, 2012)

See Also: A New Look for the MLK Library (Proposed Designs)

See Also: The Washington Post Interviews Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian at the DC Public Library (March 21, 2013)

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