Friends of the DC Public Library

Who are the Friends?

Friends across the city help to promote public use and community support for the library, to foster appreciation of its value as a cultural and educational asset to the community, and to focus public attention on the resources, services, and needs of the library.

What do the Friends do?

  • Friends fundraise for our local branches and DC Public Library system
  • Friends advocate for DCPL's budget
  • Friends organize special programming
  • Friends sponsor and volunteer at our library
  • Friends help to publicize library services, resources, and activities

Membership dues and donations are used to enhance and promote library resources and services including adult and children’s programs, summer reading, book discussion groups, bilingual programming, and much more.

Federation Leadership

Robert T. Oliver


Robert was appointed as president of the Federation of Friends effective June 2021.  He also is the Founder and current President of the Lamond-Riggs Library Friends established in 2017. 

Robert is a life-long resident of Washington, DC.

Susan Haight
Vice President

Susan has served as president of the Federation of Friends since 2008 and president of the West End Library Friends since 2005.

She is an ex-officio member of the DCPL Board of Trustees and the Board of the DCPL Foundation. Susan has been a resident of DC for more than 18 years.



Georgine Wallace

Georgine is a 25-year resident of DC and has served as the president of the Friends of the Southwest Library since 2014.

Active in neighborhood issues, Georgine also volunteers with the Metropolitan Police Department and serves on several advisory boards and working groups in Southwest.

The Federation of Friends for the D.C. Public Library is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.
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