Host Your Next Event at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library

Host Your Next Event at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library

The modernized MLK Library features three breathtaking event spaces

MLK rendering - rooftop
Welcome to the newly designed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. This historic landmark has been artfully restored with unique event spaces that are both modern, and versatile, providing the perfect backdrop for your next meeting or special event.  

Plan your next event at the epicenter of cultural vibrancy in Downtown Washington. MLK is situated blocks from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and is metro accessible. With state of the art audio-visual equipment, exclusive catering by Occasions Caterers, and spacious outdoor rooftop, your next event is even more monumental at MLK. 

The Great Hall (Friday and Saturday nights only)

History abounds in this large, flexible space designed to make a grand impression. One of the larger event venues in the city, it makes the perfect setting for for seated galas, expos, rehearsal dinners, parties and more.

Seated dinner (Capacity: 540)
Seated dinner with stage (Capacity: 420)

The Auditorium

From live performances, to lectures, to film screenings, this state-of-the art theater is ready to hold your standing ovations. Pre-function event space is available.

Auditorium (Capacity: 291)
Seated dinner in pre-function area (Capacity: 190)

5th Floor Event Space & Rooftop

Feel inspired by greatness on the top floor of MLK. With views of bustling downtown, this versatile space boasts a spacious rooftop terrace. Featuring flexible walls, this space can be configured to accommodate a variety of event needs.  

Seated dinner, no stage (Capacity: 150)
Seated dinner with stage (Capacity: 120)
Theatre seating (Capacity: 128)

Classroom seating (Capacity 108)

Rental Policy & Rates

DCPL Event Rental Policy

Thank you for considering the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library for your next event. For information about our current rates, or to inquire about availability, please email We also invite you to fill out an inquiry form here and we will get back to you within 48 business hours.