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

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. offices, research services, and exhibits in addition to the D.C. Public Library’s Special Collections-Washingtoniana services, will go on hiatus at the end of the day on Friday, July 7 in order 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. 

Image of the historic Carnegie Library, circa 1920-1930 from the Gordon B. Bradley Photograph Collection (BR 071B).

Image of the historic Carnegie Library, circa 1920-1930 from the Gordon B. Bradley Photograph Collection (BR 071B).

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