Friends of the DC Public Library

Welcome to the Federation of Friends!

Founded in 1990, the Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library is the membership organization for the community-based Friends groups that support their local branches. The Federation and Friends groups are strong advocates for DC Public Library services, programs, facilities, and funding at the community level and before the DC City Council and Mayor’s Office.

The DC Public Library was named a 2024 recipient of the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal for Museum and Library Service! The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities. Since 1994, the Award has honored 212 institutions that exemplified extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service. 

This award would not be possible without the incredible work and dedication of the DC Public Library staff. From those who help bring your stories to life and keep our shelves full of the ones that whisk us away, to the individuals who keep our buildings safe and clean - thank you for continuing to make DC Public Library a special place within our community. 

We are proud to celebrate this achievement with you and represent you when we accept the award later this summer in our very own city!

This award recognizes not only DCPL’s outstanding programming, but also its commitment to our city. 

DCPL management and staff work hard to ensure a welcoming atmosphere and to provide top-notch services.  DCPL has hosted the Morehouse College Glee Club Concert; “Let This World be Beautiful,” an exhibit featuring local artist Alma Thomas; Disney’s Frozen! The Musical, featuring a live performance by the cast of Frozen; and more at the MLK Library in 2024!

DCPL has also played an integral role in assisting the city during the Covid-19 pandemic, supporting polling centers and hosting AARP tax preparation services, providing job training and computer literacy, and acting as a safe-haven for our youth. 

Now, DCPL, and other downtown organizations, have been tasked with reactivating the downtown business corridor by hosting cultural and family-friendly events and programs. 

The Federation of Friends of DC Public Library (‘Friends’) also have an important role.  We work with DCPL to ensure great programming is available city-wide, by hosting community specific events and items of interest.  We also provide funding and programming system-wide and at the branch level to enhance the patron experience. Together we support our neighborhoods and communities as no other city agency can.

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Why should you become a Friend of DC Public Library? Your support is very important to keeping our beloved community resource vibrant and growing.

Since its founding, library friends across the city have partnered with DC Public Library to help raise additional funds and ensure our system is one of the very best in the country.

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We Invite your donations so that we can continue the work of the Federation of Friends of the D.C. Public Library.

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The Federation of Friends of the D.C. Public Library is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.
901 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001