DC Public Library Foundation

Investing in Our Most Important Community Institution

Bringing philanthropic support to
DC Public Libraries since 1985

The DC Public Library Foundation partners with the DC Public Library to enhance Washington, DC’s public libraries, bringing private philanthropy together with government support to ensure that our libraries deliver the highest quality of service to the District’s residents. With the help of many generous people, the Foundation provides educational programs for children and youth, workforce development training, cultural events, and collection enhancements for DC’s libraries.


DC Public Library Foundation Updates

Summer Challenge Campaign

During the summer, students can lose up to three months of learning when they aren’t in school. Summer Challenge engages students from across the city to #FightSummerSlide

Welcome Rob Hartman

DC Public Library Foundation is excited to welcome its new Executive Director.

2019 Investment Areas


The renovated MLK central library will provide a permanent exhibit to memorialize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a specific focus on King’s significant appearances in DC and exhibits to showcase DC’s unique and important history. The new exhibits will prioritize contemporary, multimedia, hands-on, and inclusive approaches to audience engagement.

With its central location, accessibility, and inclusive approach, DCPL will forge a distinct identity as a portal to local resources and a laboratory for engagement with Washington D.C.’s past, present, and future.

learning experiences

DCPL is committed to providing learning experiences that will enable all library patrons to access resources and supports to thrive. To do this, DCPL will launch programming that responds to community needs, is accessible at the MLK central library and at branch libraries throughout the city and supports library patrons of all ages and life stages.

DCPL believes that, by offering vital learning experiences to community residents, it can build on national trends and redefine the role libraries play to improve the lives of community members.


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