Reception Marked Opening of Renovated Library in October 2010; Friends of the Library Becomes a Part of CAG
In October 2011 the Citizens Association of Georgetown and the Friends of the Georgetown Library hosted a reception and tour of the newly-renovated library. Over 150 residents came to see the new rooms, spaces, terraces, patios, and facilities – from the children’s room in the basement to the fabulous Peabody Room in the “new” third floor – complete with spectacular views. Director of DC Library Services Nancy Davenport welcomed everyone -- and Chris Wright, the renovation project manager and library staff talked with residents about the many remarkable – and not always visible – attributes of the renovation, such as the many renewable materials used in the building.
The historic building at 3260 R Street was severely damaged by a dramatic fire in April 2007 and has now undergone a complete renovation. The renovation restored the neighborhood treasure while adding many modern improvements including: better lighting, dedicated space for teens, improved ADA access, a larger Peabody Room housing the special collection of materials on the history of Georgetown, a new outdoor reading terrace overlooking Book Hill Park, a new bright and spacious children’s room with a special story time space, and restored woodwork throughout the building.
The Friends of the Georgetown Library, which became part of CAG in mid-2010, presented two rare books of historical importance to the Peabody Room. Both are early Georgetown imprints and were acquired by the Friends of the Georgetown Library from Bartleby's Books in Georgetown.
A new third floor houses the Peabody Collection & Reading Room with nearly twice as much space including a large reading room (with north and south views), restored original wood reading tables, chairs and glass storage cabinets, and climate-controlled storage areas.
The old mezzanine level has been removed, bringing in more light and opening up the first floor to views looking out to Book Hill Park.