January 18, 2022

Search Begins for Architect to Design New DC Public Library Building, Read the RFQ

From the Washington Business Journal:

The D.C. Public Library kicks off its search Wednesday for an architect to design a “new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library,” likely to look, from the outside, very much like the old MLK Library — just taller.

The library system will issue a request for qualifications for an architectural firm to draw up detailed plans for a modern library with a mixed-use addition. The challenge, per the RFQ: Respect the existing building’s architectural significance, design a library that engages residents and encourages learning, and provides viable mixed-use components in anticipation of a future public-private partnership.


The District has spent nearly $200 million since 2007 to renovate or rebuild 17 neighborhood library branches. Several of those projects have earned national architectural acclaim, and the library “expects to carry on that same design excellence when it comes to the renovation the MLK Jr. Library.”

Read the Complete Article

DC Public Library RFQ

Note: The RFQ along with four attachments are also available here.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.