Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Author/Program requests

Can I host an author talk/book signing at the DC Public Library?
We love to help promote authors and their works! Please send a review copy of your book and a press kit to: Office of Programs & Partnerships Attn: Author Submissions Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 901 G St NW Suite 456 Washington, DC 20001

How can I suggest a program?
You can find details about the Library's programming guidelines and the process for submitting a proposal at

Asbestos Abatement at MLK Jr. Memorial Library's former Business, Science and Technology Room

The Business, Science and Technology Division (Room 107) has been converted into a Digital Commons, which houses 70 public access computers and other technology. As part of the renovation, asbestos abatement took place in the BST room. Here are some frequently asked questions about the library.

Francis A. Gregory Library

The Francis A. Gregory Library opened on June 19, 2012.  Here are frequently asked questions about the library.

William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library

The William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library opened on June 13, 2012.  Here are frequently asked questions about the library.

Visa and MasterCard Payments

The DC Public Library accepts Visa and MasterCard online to pay for fines and fees.  Here are frequently asked questions about the change.

Future of Library Services and Facilities

As new libraries are opening across the District, library staff are examining the future of library services and facilities. We are in the beginning stage of developing a planning document that will help guide the Library Board, the Mayor and the City Council in planning and decision-making for future library construction projects. Read more about the development of the planning document.

PIN Numbers

How do I get my PIN number?

To get a PIN number for the first time, you must visit any DC Public Library. If you have forgotten your PIN, you may retrieve it online, if you gave us your email address when you signed up for your library card. If you have not registered your e-mail address, you must visit a library in person to reset your pin. You may register your email address at the same time. Please bring a photo ID so we can verify your identity. PIN numbers cannot be provided over the phone. This security measure protects your account.

How do I change my PIN number?

You must know your current PIN number. Go to the library catalog. Log in to your account.

Click on "My Account," "Personal Information" and "Change Pin."  Follow the instructions to change your PIN.

How do I reserve a meeting room?

You can call to reserve a room, or you can use our meeting room scheduling software to create, view, schedule or edit a reservation. You can find out the room capacity and see other information about the room you’d like to reserve. Visit the meeting rooms page for more information.

Public Parking at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Why has public parking been eliminated?

Because of reductions in the FY2010 budget which began Oct. 1, the library eliminated public parking at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Where can library users park?

There is metered parking on streets near the library, or library users can park in any nearby paid parking lot.  The closest lots to the library are 8th Street between G and H streets (PEPCO building), and H Street between 9th and 10th streets.  Users can also access the library via public transportation.  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is accessible via Metro green, red, blue, orange and yellow lines via the Gallery Place/Chinatown and Metro Center stops and several bus routes.

Where will library users who require handicapped accessible spaces park?

There are designated spaces in front of the library on G St.  Additionally, anyone with a valid handicapped sticker may park on the street for free in any legal space.

Who will be allowed to park in the garage?

The parking garage will become a staff-only garage.  However, arrangements will be made for library volunteers to park in the garage.  Volunteers should contact for more information.  Additionally, special guests such as presenters, exhibitors or contractors will be allowed to park.