Construction Updates

Construction Updates

The Future of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library BuildingMLK Library Building
 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, D.C.'s central library located at 901 G St. NW, will have a major modernization to meet the current and future needs of D.C. residents. The building, designed by modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, was designated an historic landmark in 2007. 

The $208 million rehabilitation, once complete, will become the center of activity for the already vibrant Chinatown area. The library will close in 2017 with construction to start in the summer. The new library will open in 2020.

Learn more about the plans and share your ideas about what you would like to see in a newly renovated MLK Library.

Neighborhood Libraries

DC Public Library is building and renovating libraries across the city to provide state-of-the-art library services. To date, 17 libraries have been completely rebuilt or renovated.  Two projects are currently under construction, and three more are either in the design process or set to begin design in the coming months.

Current Projects

Completed Projects

  • Palisades: Design work is nearing completion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Check out the many awards the completed projects have received, or read the Library Services and Facilities plan here.

Green Buildings 

The library is building environmentally friendly and sustainable libraries. Read more about the library’s green designs.

Community Input

Community input is a critical part of the design process and the library has sought feedback in a numbers of ways:

  • Community participation on architect selection panels
  • Community meetings to get feedback during the design process
  • Focus groups and surveys to learn what services a community values most
  • Outreach at neighborhood meetings
  • Online surveys and forums for public discussion