A Thumbs Up: New Shaw Library Opens

by Borderstan.com August 4, 2010 at 11:09 pm 1,327 0

Shaw Library

Shaw branch library at 1630 7th Street NW. (Tom Hay)

From Tom Hay

If you haven’t already done it, you must check out the new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw branch of the DC Public Library at 1630 7th Street NW. The building is at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue–it replaces one that reminded many people of a prison’s exterior.

A visit to the new Shaw Library branch will renew your faith in our city government. I was there early Tuesday morning and all areas of the bright and welcoming library were being heavily used. The 22,000-square-foot Shaw branch is part of an effort by DCPL to upgrade libraries throughout the city.


Among the features of the stylish and environmentally friendly building are:

  • 40,000 books and DVDs with capacity for 80,000 items
  • 32 public access computers with free Wi-Fi
  • 8 Mac computers in the teen area
  • Community room for up to 100 people
  • Quiet study rooms
  • Children’s room for storytelling and other activities.

One of the finishing touches to be installed soon, is an outdoor neon sculpture by local artist Craig Kraft. You may know Kraft from his home and gallery in the historic firehouse at 931 R Street NW.

Main Branch for Borderstan Area

The Shaw branch opened on August 2 and a grand opening celebration is scheduled for August 28 from 10 am to 4pm. This branch is very convenient for most residents of the Shaw-Logan-U Street neighborhoods. The West End branch is closer for most of Dupont Circle, but after you see the Shaw branch you will never go to the West End again.


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