Good News! Council Changes Library Closure Provision

Hello:

Today, in its final vote, the D.C. City Council rewrote an earlier proposal on city libraries that will help to protect the Takoma and Shepherd libraries from closure.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 4B joined other city groups, including the D.C. Federation of Civic Organizations, librarians, Friends of Library groups, and about 270 Takoma residents in opposing the old language. ANC 4B passed a formal resolution urging that the Council reject the Office of Planning's (OP) draft language.

The citizens groups read the OP proposal as a threat to the future of the Shepherd and Takoma libraries, and possibly other branches.

The language is one provision in the massive Comprehensive Plan, a major and telephone book-sized document that outlines city policy on planning, land use, and the delivery of city services for the next few decades.

Here is the new language for Policy CSF-3.2.1 "Locate branch libraries in a systematic way to maximize access for the greatest number of district residents, including future residents who will reside in planned new neighborhoods. This approach may result in the development of new libraries in growing population centers within the city and the replacement of the substandard "kiosk" type libraries, with larger, more appropriately designed facilities."

Here is the old language for Policy CSF-3.2.1 "Locate branch libraries in a systematic way to maximize access for the greatest number of District residents, including future residents who will reside in planned new neighborhoods. This approach may result in the closure of libraries that are close to one another, and the development of new facilities in growing population centers within the city."

Bravo to everyone who helped change the OP proposal!

I don't know who on the council was responsible for the change and who voted for the change. And I don't know what happened to other controversial parts of the Plan. But we should thank Council members for this one, and get the word out to our neighbors!

Sara Green, ANC 4B01
Faith Wheeler, ANC 4B02