Shaw library reopens after mysterious odor


After being shut for nearly five days due to an unidentified strong odor, the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library reopened on July 14.

The odor was first reported on July 7, according to D.C. Public Library spokesperson George Williams. The 1630 7th St. NW library was then closed from that Monday until midday Friday.

“As the Library’s facilities staff investigated the source of the odor and took steps to mitigate it, we closed the Shaw Library,” Williams wrote in an email. “While we tested the air quality and found that it was safe, we closed because the odor made it difficult for the public to use and work in the library.”

Asked for an explanation of the odor, Williams responded: “We can’t say with 100 percent certainty and I cannot speculate.”

— Katie Pearce