May 18, 2022

Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian in Washington D.C., Announces Plans to Retire Later This Year

We’ve mentioned Ginnie Cooper several times in the past couple of months on infoDOCKET including a link to an interview she did with The Washington Post. Those links are below.

First, Today’s News:

After nearly seven years at the helm of the DC Public Library, today Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper announced plans to retire later this year.

Cooper will remain chief librarian for the next few months until the library board names a successor. During that time, Cooper will oversee the increase in library hours and the initial phase of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library renovation, funding that is included in Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s proposed fiscal year 2014 library budget and pending approval by City Council.

“It is truly an honor to be here at this important time for the library and for the city,” said Cooper. “My departure is bittersweet. While I look forward to what the future will bring, I will miss being a part of a team that works hard every day to provide great library service to residents of the District.”

“Ginnie has had a tremendous impact on the District, and is one of the finest public servants I’ve worked with,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “She has transformed our library system while beautifying our neighborhoods with buildings that will inspire District residents for generations. We will miss her commitment and hardwork.”


The library board has organized a search committee to do a national search for a new Chief Librarian.


Cooper’s library career spans more than 40 years. She began her career as a librarian in Washington County (Minn). She served as library director at a host of public libraries including Alameda County (Ca.), Multnomah County in Portland, Ore, Brooklyn, NY and most recently Washington, D.C.

Read Today’s Announcement

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

See Also: Washington DC’s Chief Librarian Wins Public Architecture Award (December 18, 2012)

See Also: D.C. Mayor Proposes $100 Million Overhaul of Central Library (March 28, 2013)

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