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Tenleytown-Friendship Public Library Opens

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By Matt McCleskey

The new Tenleytown library, which opened Monday, cost about $16 million. It's designed by the same group that's planning the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture on the Mall.

It features 40,000 books and other materials, as well as 32 public computers, free Wi-Fi Internet and a meeting room that holds up to 100 people.

Structural supports are built into the facility in case the city decides to build a residential tower over the library at some point, although some neighbors opposed that idea in the planning stage.

Tenleytown-Friendship is the fourth new library opened over the past two years in the District. And while it will be open Monday, the grand opening party is planned for Saturday, Feb. 5.

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