Shaw Library Update

The new library going up in Shaw on Rhode Island near 9th Street, NW is starting to look awesome. You can see what it looked like in January here (second photo).

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  • why was the old building torn down in the first place?

  • Because it sucked.

    The new one looks awesome.

  • I talk to the construction guys on my way to the metro in the morning. They actually seem pretty pumped about working on it. Lots of nice stuff going into the building.

  • I would like to add that the the head librarian, Eric, is a great guy and has put together a very nice collection of books, music, and dvds. This library also has a wonderful children’s program – love Sat. morning with Nick!

  • I bike by there everyday and I still can’t believe they got to use that land for a library instead of having it snapped up for a condo. It will be great for the neighborhood.

    Seeing the building taking shape though. I wonder if they would ever rebuild the MLK library by Gallery Place. Place always seemed empty.

    • They are more likely to create a new main branch somewhere else than rebuild MLK because MLK is a Mies van der Rohe.

    • The space was already a library since the end of the 1960s. Oh, and it sits right at 7th and 8th Streets, NW, as well as Rhode Island Ave and R Street, NW.

  • How much will it cost to cool and heat that thing?

  • Wow! That is awesome. The previous library was truly dismal–I am so excited to see what a nice place the neighborhood is getting.

  • Nice looking building but,those of us that reside in that part of Shaw knows of the potential war zone across the street…….

    • The side likely to take fire doesn’t look like it’s going to have windows. Maybe the stacks on that side of the building will absorb some of the flack

  • Beautiful building. It’s inspirational that making books and knowledge freely available is still something we value.

    Heartbreaking that this will inevitably become just another homeless day-care warehouse within days of opening.

    Urban-core libraries will continue to be unviable in America until we get serious about providing housing and treatment programs for the mentally ill.

  • This is truly amazing considering the cuts DCPL has had to sustain over the last two years. They are consistently asked to open more libraries with less funds, and they always deliver. Sadly they’ve started cutting hours in order to make up for shortfalls.

    MLK is moving locations in the next few years, I hear to someplace near the Convention Center. You are wrong about it being empty — there’s never any less than a 2 hour wait for computers. There’s also always a line at least two dozen deep in the mornings before they open. I walk by it every day.

    • Yeah. I was talking more about the architecture and use of space than how many people use it. I just find it cavernous. Maybe if they move the library to near the convention center they can make the building a museum.

    • Yeah it is amazing… I for one would prefer less locations and longer hours though I never go to the library. Of course they are almost never open when I’m not at work. Except MLK which I’m kinda skeeved out by.

  • Vito Corleone, what war fare are you talking about? Are you talking about the apt complex across the street?

  • Yeah…the building across the street is dangerous. I was walking out of the Shaw Metro and past the building a few months ago and there was a shooting 30 feet away from me. I had to dive onto the sidewalk…luckily no one was hit…this time.

  • I love it.

    Long live libraries, long live.

  • Tiffany…ShawGuy answered your question. Nuff said.

  • DC library system allows for e-books and research online. So those with the means will use private resources to access public goods. I see most of the decent coffee shops used as ad hoc libraries anyway. The working class and the homeless are going to share the library seats.

  • The new library is much smaller than the previous library, which some residents of Shaw are really not happy about. Question: from a preservation perspective with all those windows is it harder to preserve the books? I love the idea of light, not a huge fan, as a native, of the love of all things glass currently ruling architectural trends in the city…but that’s just me. I suppose I’ll get used to it…

    Also, a new library was built, but the neighborhood school was torn down and is being made into a dog park….

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