D.C. Libraries to Host Weddings and Private Events

Source: Andrew Giambrone, Washington City Paper, November 10, 2015

If you’ve ever fantasized about getting married surrounded by books, you’re in luck: The D.C. Public Library has published regulations allowing it to host events like weddings and nonprofit galas across its 26 locations as a way to generate revenue.

Though the D.C. Council passed the bill governing this new approach in June, DCPL has only recently begun to advertise the program and structure specific revenue-generating activities around it. Among them is a new passport office opening next week at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library at 901 G St. NW. The office, in collaboration with the U.S. State Department, will process passports for fees expected to produce around $200,000 a year, and will even operate on Saturdays, Jonathan Butler, DCPL’S chief business officer, says. Essentially, the broadly written regulations permit DCPL to rent out its space for different activities, including something like a cafe in the MLK library; the activities are only defined as those that “benefit the public [and] not need relate to library services.”