Plans for Restoration of the Historic Carnegie Library Underway: Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and D.C. Public Library Special Collections on Hiatus

HSW_20140520_CarnegieExterior_06The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. offices, research services, and exhibits will go on hiatus at the end of the day on Friday, July 7. Also, the D.C. Public Library’s Special Collections-Washingtoniana services located at the Historical Society will close to plan and prepare for the restoration of the Carnegie Library.

Services will resume in the early fall from the Historical Society’s temporary new home. To receive updates join our mailing list or follow us on social media @DCHistory. The Historical Society will return to the Carnegie Library as co-tenants with Apple once the restoration is complete.

Hours this week are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 am-4 pm. Drop-in services are available all day for ready reference materials. All other materials are only available by prior appointment.

Image reproduction services ended on June 29. Reproduction and research services will resume in the fall. The Research Services Orientation and Drop-In Hours scheduled for July 15 are canceled.

Please note: the Historic Carnegie Library Tours scheduled for July 15 will be held as planned.

While this closure represents a short-term inconvenience to the public, the Apple restoration project is a great opportunity for the future of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. and the Carnegie Library. The restoration as proposed will provide state-of-the-art updates to the building, extend hours for public access, and allow the Historical Society to preserve and present its collections in museum-quality facilities. 

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Policewoman directs traffic at 7th St. and Massachusetts Ave. NW, ca. 1918. Photo by Zaccheus Spratt. (ZSI 132A)