Southeast Neighborhood Library, one of three Carnegie-funded libraries in D.C. and the second neighborhood library built, proved to be one of the library system's busiest from its opening on Dec. 8, 1922. The one-story brick building, designed by noted library architect Edward L. Titlton, sits at 403 7th St. SE on an irregularly shaped site in the Capitol Hill National Register District, purchased with $8,360 from Congress, and bolstered by $67,000 in construction funding from the Carnegie Corporation.

Before technological advancements of the past few decades, many have predicted the end of the public library. But with the explosion of information on the Internet, the public library as a place will continue to play a vital role in the Arthur Capper's community.
In fact, the role of the public library to its community today is more vital than ever. The public library remains the only place people can access and obtain information free of charge. We strive to go beyond traditional library services and offer programs that not only promote lifelong reading, but also provide services and resources for building communities.
The Southeast Library has followed this path by reaching out to the group homes, residential care facilities, and the disabled, providing such services as reading materials to help address illiteracy and poor reading skills among adults. We also have a monthly book club that meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
Children was and it's still continue to be the focus of most of our in-house programming, with story times for pre-schoolers and book clubs and crafts for school-age children. Teens can also participate in a monthly gaming night. In addition, library staff are available to outreach to schools, day cares and summer programs throughout the year.
The library has a very committed Friends group, which supports the library by collecting donated books from throughout the community, and re-selling them at their monthly book sale. Proceeds benefit the Southeast Library’s programs and special projects.
If you would like to contact a library staff member to see if we can visit your organization, please give us a call! We’re here to help.
Southeast Library has served the Arthur Capper's community for years, we all used this library for our many school projects,book reports etc.


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“SOUTHEAST LIBRARY,” Arthur Capper, accessed January 26, 2021,