Every Georgetowner remembers hearing the terrible news about the historic Georgetown Library on R St. burning on April 30, 2007. Luckily much of the priceless Peabody Collection was salvaged and the external structure will be rebuilt. In the meantime, DCPL has opened an interim library at 3307 M St. GM finally stopped by to check out the space.
The space is a spacious 4,000 square feet. It is decently stocked with new releases, old standbys, and reference books (World Book 2007!). In addition, it’s got a nice collection of electronic media, including books on cd and popular DVDs like a few complete seasons of the Wire.
There are roughly 20 computers open for public use. On a Sunday afternoon, there were still plenty of computers still open. One gripe: there weren’t really any seats around for casual reading (maybe GM just missed them).
The children’s section is nice and spacious; it even has computers just for the kids.
Overall, it seems to be a nice holdover until we can finally return to the Library on the hill next year.
One Note: Pursuant to system-wide cutbacks, the Interim Library’s hours were cut starting at the beginning of March:
Monday 9:30 am-5:30 pm Tuesday 1 pm-9 pm Wednesday 9:30 am-5:30 pm Thursday 1 pm-9 pm Friday 9:30 am-5:30 pm Saturday 9:30 am-5:30 pm Sunday 1pm-5 pm
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Many of the Peabody Room archival materials are now available at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW, Room #307.
To make an appointment, contact Peabody Room special collections librarian Jerry A. McCoy at (202) 727-2271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.