Co-Working at DC Public Library

Co-Working at DC Public Library

DC Public Library, For All The Ways You Work

Workspaces | Events and Workshops | Technology | Business Resources


DC Public Library has a variety of flexible (and free!) spaces that provide just the change of scenery you need for your workday.  

Person writing in a notebook at MLK LibrayFlexible Workspace | Each library has a variety of tables and chairs and lounge areas with ample outlets for keeping your device charged. Many libraries also have outdoor spaces like patios, balconies and even an Instagram-worthy rooftop garden at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Click the link above to find a library near you.

Southwest Study RoomReservable Workspace | Need a quiet space to focus, a place to set up a call with your remote team a collaborative space to meet in person? DC Public Library has a variety of study and meeting rooms that can accommodate solo work and meetings. Many rooms are also outfitted with collaborative tools like whiteboards and AV for hybrid meetings or presentations. All you need is a current DC Public Library card to reserve a room at a library near you. 

Studio at the LabsCreative and Technology Driven Workspace | The Labs at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library have creative and technology-driven workspaces where you can record audio for your podcast, make a 3D print of your latest prototype, design a logo with Adobe Creative suite and more.

Marianne's CafeHave a Power Lunch | Marianne’s Café by DC Central Kitchen at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is open when the library is open so you can get caffeinated for your morning meeting, catch up with a colleague over lunch, snag an afternoon snack and more.


Events and Workshops

Expand your skill set through our many events and workshops designed to help tackle some of the pain points you might face in your work.
  • Computer Classes | The Library offers a variety of free computer classes on Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive and more to help you master everything from pivot tables in Excel to wowing everyone with your next Google Slides presentation. 
  • Design and Technology Classes | The Labs at MLK Library offer regular orientations and trainings on the technology and equipment in their spaces from 3-D printing to Adobe Creative Suite. 
  • Business Classes | The Library partners with organizations like the Department of Small and Local Business Development's Innovation and Equitable Development (Inno.ED) team, DC Human Resources and the DC Small Business Development Center at Howard University to provide one on one assistance, career workshops and small business planning courses. 


Utilize our free services to help keep the operations side of your work running smoothly.
  • Free WiFi | Access free WiFi at all 26 DC Public Library Locations. 
  • Free Printing, Copying and Scanning | You can print, copy or scan up to 20 pages a day at no cost with your DC Public Library Card. 
  • Public Access Computers | Each library has public computers available for up to 70 minute sessions - or if you just need to look something up quickly, 15 minute express sessions!
  • Design Computers | The Labs at DC Public Library offer computers specifically outfitted to support design and audiovisual production with applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Business Resources

In addition to the many physical books available for checkout, DC Public Library offers a suite of online business resources to help you achieve all of your work-related goals. 

Professional Development
LinkedIn Learning Learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to meet your personal or professional goals. 
Brainfuse JobNow JobNow provides live interview coaching, award-winning resume creation software, a writing lab, and helpful tips and tricks for landing the perfect career. Live help is available 1 p.m. - 10 p.m. EST. 
Job & Career Accelerator Everything you need for a successful job search. Explore occupations, search for jobs, create resumes, and improve skills.
  *Changing careers and looking for support? Check out our Job Seekers portal for help with things like building your resume or writing a cover letter. You'll also have access to mock interviews, job coaching, and a host of online job boards. 
Starting a Business
Practice tests for improving skills and passing academic and licensing exams.
Gale Business Entrepreneurship Gale Business Entrepreneurship supports prospective and current entrepreneurs. It covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, and tax.
Gale Business Plan Builder Gale Business Plan Builder is a step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit.
Federal Depository Program Logo The District of Columbia Public Library serves as a Federal Depository Library.  Depository libraries serve the public every day by providing free access to a wealth of U.S. Government digital information products such as tax forms, indicators, and reports. 
Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative Learn how to think like an entrepreneur with the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program.

Business Research
Gale Business Insights: Global Research and analyze companies, industries and economies around the world.
Gale Business DemographicsNOW Access demographic reports on any geography for information including income, race, age, education, retail spending, businesses and more.
New search Provides full text coverage of business, management, and economics journals. Includes popular titles such as Bloomberg Businessweek, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, and Harvard Business Review.
Harvard Business Review Access full-text historical and current Harvard Business Review articles from 1922 to the present.