DC Public Library

The Lamond-Riggs Library

Project at a Glance

Washington, DC





Project Type

New Construction

Project Overview

  • Collaborative design-build process with significant community input
  • Construction of an interim library on-site to provide functional library services throughout the project
  • High-performance design and construction to LEED v4 Gold certification

The new Lamond-Riggs Library is a critical part of the DC Public Library’s (DCPL) “Know Your Neighborhood” strategic plan, which aims to significantly increase membership and attendance to its library facilities. The existing building was underused and did not boast the modern atmosphere needed to attract visitors. Consequently, the old Lamond-Riggs Library was demolished and a new state-of-the-art library was built on-site to reflect the increased needs of the DC community.

This project was build through a collaborative design-build process with significant input provided by the community. The Library is actively sought input through meetings, surveys, focus groups and online feedback, which drove key design decisions early in conceptual design.

A 3,000 sq. ft. interim library was built for use between the demolition of the old Library and construction of the new. The interim library was open to the public before construction of the new library begun.