The District's chief librarian said Wednesday that she will retire later this year.

"It is truly an honor to be here at this important time for the library and for the city," Ginnie Cooper said in a statement. "My departure is bittersweet. While I look forward to what the future will bring, I will miss being a part of a team that works hard every day to provide great library service to residents of the District."

Cooper became the District's top librarian in 2006. The library board will name her successor, and Cooper will remain in office until a search committee picks her replacement.