An interim public library will debut next to the Waterfront Metro station August 8, while the Southwest Library undergoes a $18 million redevelopment at its current site at 900 Wesley Place SW. The interim library will be located at 425 M Street SW and will open at 9:30 a.m., D.C. Public Library (DCPL) said Wednesday. The new permanent library is to open in 2020.
The following services will be offered at the interim library during construction, per DCPL:
“Mondays at 10:30 a.m. — Story Time at Politics and Prose at The Wharf
Mondays — Arty Afternoons at 425 M Street SW
Wednesday evenings — Pajama Story Time at 425 M Street SW
Thursday afternoons — Sit & Knit at 425 M Street SW
Monthly — Coffee & Conversation at 425 M Street SW
Periodically — Tech and job seeks help at 425 M Street SW
The new Southwest Library was designed by international architecture firm Perkins+Will. It will feature additional public space and natural light, dedicated areas for various age groups, and sustainable design. There will be 3D printers in what DCPL calls an “innovation lab” too.