Newly Renovated Southwest Library Opens May 15

The newly renovated Southwest Library. Courtesy: DCPL

The new Southwest Library (901 Wesley Pl. SW) will reopen on Saturday, May 15, DC Public Library (DCPL) announced Monday.

The new $18 million library was designed to blend with the mid-century modern architecture for which the neighborhood is known.

The library features 20,000 square feet of public space; a variety of seating options and spaces for reading, a meeting room for at least 100 people; three conference rooms for 12 -to20 people; four study rooms for groups of one to four people; separate areas for children, teens, and adults; an outdoor reading porch and an Innovation Lab with 3-D printers.

The Southwest Library is the latest project in the District’s ongoing work to improve libraries. The Southwest Library will open with the same limited in-person services as the current open libraries.

Libraries are open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

You can visit open libraries to:

  • Return materials

  • Pick up a hold

  • Check out display items

  • Have a book pulled from the stacks

  • Get a library card

  • Manage your library account

  • Receive print, copy and scan services

  • Sign-up to use a limited number of computers for a 45-minute session once per day or one 15 minute express session per hour

  • Use the bathroom

Learn more about the Southwest Library and renovation at