Meeting and Study Rooms
The library provides meeting and study spaces for the public for the purpose of disseminating literary, cultural, educational and community information. There are two main types of spaces available: meeting rooms and study rooms are available at neighborhood libraries and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Please read the descriptions below and select the space that best fits your needs.
You may reserve for yourself through our online room reservation system or you may reserve a room by visiting or calling any neighborhood library.
- If this is your 1st time reserving, please read Meeting and Study Room Rules.
- There is no fee for the use of rooms.
- Rooms may not be used for personal or commercial interests, or electioneering.
- No fees can be charged to attendees.
- No financial transactions take place in the rooms or the library.
- Meeting room reservations are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
All locations have at least one public meeting room with the exception of: Cleveland Park, Deanwood, Northwest One, Rosedale, West End.
- Online reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance, but not more than 60 days ahead of time. Reservations less than 24 hours may be made in-person or by phone.
- To ensure equitable use of library facilities each group’s usage is limited to one room for three (3) consecutive hours per day and no more than three (3) meetings per thirty (30) day period throughout the library system.
- A representative from the group is required to check in with library staff when they arrive and also to report the number of people who attended the end of the meeting.
- Events in meeting rooms must be open to the public.
- Please note that reservation limits may not be circumvented by different individuals using their names to register the same group, or by a group using different names.
- Accommodate individuals or small groups.
- Study room access will only be granted to the person who makes the reservation.
- The following locations have Study Rooms: Anacostia; Benning (Dorothy I. Height); Bellevue (William O. Lockridge); Francis A. Gregory; Georgetown; Lamond-Riggs; Mt. Pleasant; Northeast; Petworth; Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton), Tenley-Friendship; Shaw(Watha T. Daniel), Woodridge.
- Customers are limited to two Study Room sessions per day.
- Study rooms may be reserved on-line, over the phone, or at the library.