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Dear Students & Families:

Welcome to a new school year! DCPL staff are aware that this school year will come with many unprecedented changes and challenges. As such, we want to make sure you are informed about all current public library offerings.

Although the Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library is currently closed, there are 14 other
branches that are currently open: Anacostia, Bellevue, Benning, Capitol View, Cleveland Park, Francis Gregory, Mt. Pleasant, Northeast, Petworth, Shepherd Park, Tenley-Friendship, Watha T. Daniel-Shaw, West End, and Woodridge. For most of you, the closest open branch is likely tobe either Cleveland Park, Shepherd Park, or Tenley-Friendship. All libraries are open weekdays 11AM-2PM, and 3PM-7PM (all branches are closed from 2PM-3PM for deep cleaning). We are looking forward to opening the Chevy Chase branch as soon as we are able. However, we do not have a projected date for that at this time.

If you do not currently have a library card, you can register for one online or in person. Online registrants will receive a temporary card number that will expire 90 days after all library branches are open. If your permanent library card was set to expire in the coming months, its expiration date has been pushed forward to February 1st, 2021. See here for more information regarding library cards, including what information is needed to register for a card, loan periods, borrowing limits, and library fees (DCPL has eliminated fines on all late returns. Users will still be charged for lost items).

All open branches are currently in the “Takeout+” phase of re-opening, which includes certain limited services. Patrons can return items they have previously checked out, pick up new materials they have put on hold (place holds on our website using your library card number and pin number), and use a limited number of computers in each branch for 45-minute computer sessions, which start every hour on the hour. Branches are also offering 20 pages of free printing daily. You can email your printing requests to (i.e. ), with the word “Print” in the subject line. Print jobs can be picked up at your chosen location within 48 hours.

DCPL is currently quarantining all items for 96 hours after they are returned. Please allow up to 8 days for returns to be removed from your card. You will not be charged any fines for items that are late due to this policy. Items can be returned to any of the 14 open branches. Closed branches are not accepting returns at this time, and drop boxes at those locations are locked. Please note that DCPL branches are not accepting donations at this time.

DCPL also offers numerous online resources for those who are unable to or uncomfortable with coming to a physical branch. We currently offer ebook and digital audiobooks through OverDrive and the Libby App. We also offer free moving streaming through Kanopy, full-color digital magazines via RBdigital, and music streaming with Freegal. Those services can be located here or by visiting dclibrary.org and selecting the “Digital” tab at the top of the webpage. We also offer free access to a wide variety of databases for all ages, including JStor. Dig DC, NoveList Plus, NoveList Plus K-8, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Those can be located here or via the “Research” tab on our website. Some services will require your library card number, your library card PIN number (usually the last 4 digits of your library card number), and/or a valid email address.

If you have any questions, or need any assistance accessing library resources, please do not
hesitate to contact us. We have designated staff answering questions via phone at each branch during opening hours, as well as our AskDCPL chat service, accessible on our website Monday through Friday from 10AM to 3PM. Additional information regarding plans for DCPL’s gradual reopening can be found here. We hope you will take advantage of all we have to offer right now. In the meantime, we hope everyone is staying as safe as possible.

Alessandra Nicodemo
Children’s Library
Chevy Chase Neighborhood Public Library