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Georgetown Library Reopens After Fire

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Ginny Cooper, chief librarian for D.C. Public Libraries, speaks at the ribbon-cutting for the reopening of the Georgetown Library. The library had been closed since a 2007 fire.
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Ginny Cooper, chief librarian for D.C. Public Libraries, speaks at the ribbon-cutting for the reopening of the Georgetown Library. The library had been closed since a 2007 fire.

After three and half a years and nearly $20 million in renovations, the historic Georgetown Library has reopened. In 2007, a massive fire broke out, destroying the library’s entire circulating collection of 45,000 books. They have all been replaced.

The library's "Peabody Collection," an archive of important local documents and artifacts like a copy of the Declaration of Independence, was damaged during the fire. After extensive renovations, many of those documents will once again be on public display.

Councilmember Jack Evans represents Georgetown. He says there is a "silver lining" from the fire: the library is now state-of-the-art, with computers and outlets for laptops.

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