Explore the rich history of the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square and our nation’s capital while enjoying fun facts about our venue and past events.

ICarnegie_2.jpgn 1899 Andrew Carnegie visited the White House to hear about need for a library in Washington, DC; with approval to build Carnegie he contributed $375K.
Located in the center of Mt. Vernon Square, the Washington Public Library opened in 1902 to serve both residents and visitors.
In January of 1903, the Washington Public Library was dedicated with attendance by President Theodore Roosevelt and Andrew Carnegie.

The Washington Public Library moved to MLK Memorial Library in 1970.


In the 1999, the Historical Society of Washington, DC took over the Washington Public Library as an educational foundation and museum dedicated to preserving and displaying the history of Washington, DC.

In 2003, the Historical Society opened the City Museum within Carnegie Library.

In 2005 the City Museum was closed.

In 2011, Events DC and the Historical Society of Washington announced a new lease agreement for the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.

In early 2012, Events DC reopened the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square as a special events venue.


Along with the Walter E. WashingtonConvention Center hosting the 57th Presidential Inauguration Balls in 2013, Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square hosted the Ambassador’s Ball, touted as the first inaugural ball hosted exclusively by the international community. 

In 2014, Events DC announced its commitment to Carnegie Library, Mt. Vernon Square after withdrawing its plans for a proposed redevelopment of the historic building. After obtaining control over the Library, Events DC found significant repairs needed to the building and invested nearly $20 million in improvements between 1999-2003.
In 2014 Events DC hosted the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. The conference culminated in a spectacular block party for more than 7,000 of Microsoft stakeholders and 15,000 attendees in total. This event generated $29 million in tax revenue during a slow period for the city. 

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