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Events DC Reopens The Historic Carnegie Library At Mt. Vernon Square

Carnegie Library to Serve as Special Events Venue and Cultural Crossroads to Visitors

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced recently the completion of renovations to the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. As a complement to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the Carnegie Library will operate as a unique special events venue, while Events DC develops other opportunities for creating economic impact in the local community.
Located across the street from the Convention Center, this historic landmark has awe-inspiring architecture, spacious rooms, a 150-seat theater and a grand exterior plaza. Dedicated in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt and Andrew Carnegie, the Carnegie Library is an integral part of the 200-year history of Mt. Vernon Square.

“The Carnegie Library is one of Washington, DC’s historic treasures and by reopening its doors this history will come alive once again,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, Events DC president and chief executive officer. “Since we completed the renovations, we’ve seen firsthand a high demand for this special events venue.”

Dan Sherman, president and chief executive officer of the Hospitality Industry Professionals (HIP) network, held one of the first events in the newly renovated Library. “Carnegie Library’s unique spaces and historical significance served as the perfect fit for our annual industry ‘after-party’ event,” Sherman said. “Events DC delivered first-class service and an unforgettable experience while showcasing the revival of the Carnegie Library and its historical significance to our guests.”

As a special events venue, the Carnegie Library will showcase its versatility by hosting galas, weddings, receptions, holiday parties and press events. The Library is comprised of seven ornate rooms – including the L’Enfant Map Room, which features an illuminated floor map of Washington, DC. Future Events DC programming at the Carnegie Library may include a visitors’ center.

The Historical Society of Washington, DC will continue to reside at the Library, where it will continue operating its renowned Kiplinger Research Library. The Society will also present exhibits and other programs in the Small-Alper Gallery and another large exhibition gallery on the second floor. For more information on the Carnegie Library, visit

About Events DC

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.

Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes the historic Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, and the non-military functions of the DC Armory. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. For more information, please visit