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Four D.C. libraries close for demolition
(Published January 10, 2005)

Four neighborhood branch libraries in the District closed Dec. 30 in preparation for tearing them down to make way for new buildings to replace them.

D.C. Public Library officials said staff at the Anacostia, Benning, Tenley-Friendship and Watha T. Daniel/Shaw branches will spend the winter months helping to redistribute much of the equipment and books at their sites to other neighborhood libraries.

Final floor plans and architectural designs for the new libraries are expected to be presented to the public at a series of community meetings in January and February. Demolition is expected to begin in the spring, and all four new buildings are expected to be completed by mid-2006.

Officials said selected reference materials, which will be out of date when the new libraries open, will be distributed to D.C. public schools for their use. Part of the branch libraries' book collections are expected to be sold at the library system's store to generate money for updated materials, while other books that are not needed at branch libraries are expected to be packed for long-term storage until the new libraries are ready to be furnished.

The new buildings are being designed, with input from community meetings, by Grimm and Parker Architects and will be built by Hess Construction.

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