The Washington Business Journal reports today that library administrators and Mayor Adrian Fenty's office are seriously looking at moving most operations of D.C.'s central library--currently the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library downtown at 9th and G--to its historic home in the Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square. The move would necessitate expanding the Carnegie Library (I assume into the surrounding park). A newly commissioned study will determine how much additional space is needed at the Carnegie site.
I think it's a shame that the City Museum did not prosper at the Carnegie site (details here). The National Music Center currently leases space in the Carnegie building but has its eyes on moving to a larger, new facility (details of its plans here). Whether or not this landmark becomes D.C.'s central library, I hope that the surrounding green space remains (although it could be maintained better than it currently is) and that the building and surrounding area brim with new, neighborhood enhancing life. I think a well-executed central libary plan could accomplish both.