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DIVE into a Good Book!

Wnter is upon us! Remember to visit your neighborhood library and check out a good story -- or how-to guide -- to curl up with after you've finished shoveling or taking a brisk walk. Along with books, The DC Public Library now has thousands of titles available for download to your e-reader (PC, Mac, iPod, iPad, MP3 player, Kindle, or Nook). Feel free to come by for a quick lesson if you're apprehensive about attempting on your own. Need another reason to visit the library? How about free Wi-Fi

On-going Programs by age category

Visit to see current list of special programs. Note that Children's programs are very popular, so please contact the Children's Librarians to register. The Children's Room also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year for which no registration is necessary.

Online Resources

The DC Public Library Catalog, CITYCAT, is available online and can be accessed from home as well as from any DC Public Library. In addition to accessing all of DC Public Library's holdings, you can now check your record, renew items or reserve books on-line. To do so, you need an individual PIN number. The next time you are at the Library stop by the information desk to register and we will show you how easy it is to use these features.

The Library's Home Page offers access to several INFOTRAC databases including general magazine and newspaper indexes (many with full text), health information, Who's Who and Contemporary Authors. The Palisades Library also has several computers that provide Internet access and word processing programs to the public on a walk-in basis.

About the Palisades Neighborhood Library

The Palisades Branch Library has been a neighborhood institution for the past 70 years. It was once located in the Little Red Schoolhouse on MacArthur Boulevard and moved into its current location at 4901 V. St. NW in 1964.

The library has a large collection for a neighborhood library, with over 70,000 items including books, audio books, educational videos, and CDs. The library also subscribes to over a hundred periodicals. It is a useful reference center with a wide variety of books and online reference sources.

The spacious Children's Room upstairs has a large collection and hosts frequent programs and class visits by local schools. 

Friends of the Palisades Library

Community support for the Library is provided by The Friends of the Palisades Library which accepts tax-deductible contributions. If you wish to make a contribution, please send it to 

Friends of the Palisades Library
PO Box 40611
Washington DC 20016-0611

The organization meets quarterly at the Library and all are welcome to attend. The Library has also received grants from the Palisades Community Fund as part of an ongoing effort to improve the Library landscaping and make the grounds an inviting community space. Last year an outdoor bench and chair were purchased with grant funds.

The Library is supported by a number of individuals who volunteer to do everything from shelving books to painting doors. Volunteers are always welcome! Simply call the Library if you are interested in helping.