Oct. 30th Meeting on the Renovation of SE Library

A man enters the Southeast Library (403 Seventh St. SE). E.O'Gorek/CCN File Photo

The DC Public Library will present plans on the renovation of the Southeast Library (403 Seventh St. SE) at a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 30. Learn about the project timeline and the process for community engagement.

At the September 22 meeting of the Friends of the Southeast Library, DC Public Library (DCPL) representatives discussed the pathway to the renovation of the historic library. Work is expected to begin in late 2019 or early 2020 after a design team is selected and the planning is complete. The library will be closed and services relocated during construction, but plans are far from finalized.  

The project will begin after Oct. 1, 2018 at which point the 23 million budget can be used, said DCPL spokesperson George Williams. He said that community input would be sought throughout the process through focus groups, survey and meetings. The path to construction will be determined by a selection panel with community representatives. Williams said that the building’s interior and exterior will be subject to historic preservation review. 

The Carnegie Corporation funded the Southeast Library in 1921. It is the second oldest Carnegie Library in the District. Takoma Park opened in 1911.

The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE).