Public Libraries

The main DC library downtown (901 G St., NW) will be closed until 2020 for major renovation, starting March 4, 2017.

There are three DC public libraries in or near Capitol Hill:

Southeast Neighborhood Library
403 7th St., SE
(202) 698-3377
Nearest Metro: Eastern Market

Friends of the Southeast Library

Northeast Neighborhood Library
330 7th St ., NE
(202) 698-0058
Nearest Metro: Union Station

Friends of the Northeast Library

Rosedale Neighborhood Library
1701 Gales St., NE
Nearest Metro:  Stadium Armory

These three branches have programming for all ages and will hold books for pick-up.

Research Libraries

The Library of Congress (101 Independence Ave., SE), also in our neighborhood, is a research library and books can only be used on the premises by members of the public (age 16 and older). Anyone wanting to use the Library’s reading rooms and/or collections must have a user card with a photo on it. User cards can be obtained at the reader registration station (Room LM-140 of the Madison Building) by presenting a driver’s license or passport and completing a brief self-registration process.

Library of Congress Young Readers Center (10 First St., S.E., Thomas Jefferson Building, Ground Floor, Room LJ G29) offers Story Time for infants and toddlers every Friday (except holidays) starting at 10:30 a.m.

Folger Shakespeare Library (201 East Capitol St., SE), is also is a research library, devoted to advanced study in the Renaissance and early modern period. In addition to its collection of editions of Shakespeare’s plays, the Library has one of the world’s finest collections of 15th- through 18th-century rare books and manuscripts from Great Britain and Europe. Access to the Reading Room and their materials is only granted to registered readers, but registered readers need not be scholars or academics. Anyone with a specific project directly related to the Folger collection can apply for a special permission reader’s card.

Library Book Sales

Southeast has monthly book sales. Northeast has roughly quarterly book sales. Southwest has book sales a couple times a year.

The really large book sales – where 50,000 to 100,000 books go on sale a couple of times each year – are all a distance from Capitol Hill . The largest one in the area, and where books sell for $1-2 each, is the annual sale in Leesburg, VA, by the Loudon Library Foundation. Their typical sale involves 130,000 to 150,000 books (two basketball courts of 10+ tables each along the full length of the courts plus several classrooms full of additional book tables, often by specialty).