The Washington Syndicate

DC Library Newswire_Petworth & Benning

Posted in Uncategorized by jmullerwashingtonsyndicate on March 2, 2010

circa summer 2006 courtesy Wash Syndicate


DC is home to countless cultural and learning institutions, but none more important than the DC Public Library system. The Syndicate does not debate this indisputable fact.   

Despite reducing operating hours last March across all branches citywide and at the flagship 901G, the DC Public Library remains as integral to city life as ever before.   

Last week DC Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, Mayor Fenty, and Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser all rocked hard hats and put their weight behind sledgehammers to “celebrate the end of demolition at the Petworth Neighborhood Library with a wall-breaking ceremony,” according to the DC Public Library.  

“Today, we break the interior wall through 70 years of history to revive this library to meet the needs of this community while maximizing the historic landmark’s use,” said Mayor Fenty.  

Originally designed by Nathan C. Wyeth, the Georgian revival-style library first opened January 27, 1939 at 4200 Kansas Avenue NW. The library, which closed December 19 last year, plans to re-open in Spring 2011 after undergoing $12 million in renovations that began in June 2009. Improvements include a 100 person meeting room and a full restoration of its original interior.  

While the library undergoes renovations, services such as free WiFi Internet, circulation, and 20 computers are accessible at the interim library next door.  

circa summer 2006 courtesy Wash Syndicate


Meanwhile, crosstown the Benning Neighborhood Interim Library, at 4101 Benning Rd. N.E. will close Saturday, March 13, 2010. 

Library services will resume Monday, April 5, 2010 at the new Benning Neighborhood Library, located at 3935 Benning Road, N.E. The new two-story library will be 22,000 square feet and feature:

* 80,000 books, DVDs, CDs and other library materials
* Separate reading areas for adults, teens and children
* 32 public access computers, free Wi-Fi Internet access and a
mobile laptop cart with 20 computers
* Comfortable seating for 200 customers
* A large program room for up to 100 people and two 12-person
conference rooms
* Parking for 14 vehicles (no longer open to the public at 901 G)   

During the transition to the new location, library users can return or
renew books checked out at any other DC Public Library location or
online at

The library nearest Benning is the Capitol View Neighborhood Library at 5001 Central Avenue, SE.   

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