Mar 4

The Shaw Library: Libraries are Cool Again

Think libraries were obliterated by Kindles? Think again. Libraries have become more about community, digital advancement, and above all – cool free things.

The 3-level, recently renovated Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library(1630 7th St. NW) will have you coming back for more. And all you need to access all of the following perks? A simple library card. Apply for a card (free for locals) and head to the library today (don’t forget to check the hours before you leave). Here are six reasons Libraries are cool again:


  1. You can study and read in peace. And you don’t have to worry about a barista’s glare when you’ve been there far past the time a coffee buys you. If you don’t want to take your laptop, you can use one of 32 available computers.

  2. It’s super close to The Colonel. Just a couple of blocks away – a ten minute walk – and you can access all of the great features the Library has to offer.

  1. The architecture is intriguing. The design is cool – you won’t have to fight for space in this library, as there’s room for up to 200 people. It’s been designed – and redesigned – with function and style in mind, and others agree. After all, the Watha T. has won seven awards in recognition of the design by the architecture firm of Davis Brody Bond Aedas.

  1. You can print stuff. Honestly, who buys a printer anymore? And even if you have one, you’re probably already out of ink.  It’s only 15 cents for B/W print jobs, and 35 cents to print in color.

  1. You can reserve a room. Brainstorm your next writing project in in a reserved room with WiFi, or Skype with a client in peace.

  1. Learn something new. Pick up a new hobby or just gather more knowledge with one of their free online continuing education courses. And if you’d like to join a group discussion or even a knitting circle, they have these listed on their events regularly.


If those six reasons aren’t enough to get you to the library, we don’t know what will! Except for the fact that it’s cold out – and the library is warm, so there’s another perk. Head here on a day when you don’t feel like trudging around in the snow for too long, and enjoy everything the library in Shaw has to offer, just steps away from The Colonel.