Construction Updates

Construction Updates

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

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, at 9th and G streets NW, will have a major modernization to meet the needs of D.C. residents.  The building, designed by modernist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is a designated historic landmark.  The DC Public Library is now exploring what’s possible for this historic building, and what it would take to make it a spectacular central library for the city. 

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, 15 libraries have been completely rebuilt or renovated.  More projects are currently under construction, and the design process will begin for another three in 2015.

New Projects

Completed Projects


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