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Anacostia Neighborhood Library

1800 Good Hope Road

Anacostia Library History:

The Anacostia Interim Library opened its doors to the public in summer 2007. Plans and designs for the Construction of the new Anacostia Neighborhood Library are underway.

The community of Anacostia, one of the oldest residential areas in Washington, D.C., had long been considered a primary location for a potential branch of the public library. Funding for the D.C. Library Board of Trustees was finally received in 1940. The proposed Anacostia branch would serve the primarily working-class neighborhoods of Twining City, Washington Highlands, Old Anacostia, Hillcrest, Bolling Air Force Base, the Naval Air Station, St. Elizabeths, and 10 public schools, a junior high school and two parochial schools. A site on the northeast corner of 18th Street and Good Hope Road S.E. was purchased in 1942. Construction was delayed, however, by the intervention of the war, and funds allocated to the library were redirected to the war effort.

A temporary branch in rented quarters at 1537 Good Hope Road S.E. was established in the interim. The rented space occupied a two-story brick building that was erected in 1938 as a store and apartment building. The temporary branch opened November 20, 1942, with a collection of 7,000 volumes and 27 periodicals. City commissioner Guy Mason and George C. Havenner of the Library's Board of Trustees spoke at the dedication. In attendance were members of the Anacostia community, including John J. Watson, president of the Anacostia Citizens Association. District librarian Clara W. Herbert garnered special appreciation from the community for her efforts in establishing the Anacostia Neighborhood Library. Special evening hours were set up at the new branch to accommodate the adult patrons of the library.

The present building, designed by D.C. Municipal Architect Merrell A. Coe, was finally constructed and opened on April 12, 1956. The Neighborhood Library was built at a cost of $284,750 by the Washington construction firm of Tuckman-Barbee. The Anacostia library was the first of six public library branches built under the D.C. Public Works Program, and became the model for several subsequent branch buildings.


Austin Graff

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
Anacostia Neighborhood Library is a really nice library. It's recently renovated offering a beautifully designed community gathering place for Ward 7 and 8. Once inside, you can find thousands of books, DVDs, and plenty of seating to read. They also have small conference rooms and private working offices for those who need intense quiet. They have a computer lab for free for people to check their emails and do work requiring the Internet. They host a variety of community events and even have a Capital Bikeshare just outside the front door to encourage commuting.

Louise Sacks

Friday, March 2, 2018
Beautiful library with a great selection of books and a friendly staff. Seems to easily balance itself between being a quiet place to study and a place for the community to congregate.

Bus Lover

Monday, Dec. 25, 2017
Great besides the pesky children running around! I don't mind them because I'm a child myself (12 years old) but they don't seem to know the meaning of "Be quiet". The staff members are great but occasionally there's a few 'snappy' ones and there's always a idiotic special police officer that does nothing but nag at children instead of getting the loud & obnoxious teens and adults on their phones and other devices playing disgusting music.

alpha robins

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018
Library is kept up however you have homeless and unusual people walking around pacing back and forth. The study rooms are nice. The staff is nice, however 1 young lady was rude when I ask her to make a copy of a paper for me, she was unprofessional and said it in a rude way "you need to do it yourself,15 cents back there." with a smirk. I will never work in that type of environment, and neither my peers.

Raina J

Saturday, May 27, 2017
This library does have a decent selection of books and is mostly well kept. On my most recent trip, I was excited to learn that they had most of the books that I needed and were in fairly good shape. However, if you plan to go for study, research, or just a quite place to read a book, then I'd advise you do so in the mornings, that is before the children are let out of school. Otherwise, be prepared to have an unpleasant experience. Also, if I were this library, I would up the policy of no eating or talking.

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