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.

Mark Pattison

Vice President

Mark is on his second go-round as president of the Shepherd Park Friends. His first stint was 2011-14. He became secretary in 2019, and returned as president in 2021.

A Washington resident since 1989, Mark patronized three libraries in his native Detroit depending on where his father’s (and later his own) transportation took him.




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