The Labs at DC Public Library

The Labs at DC Public Library

Learn. Make. Collaborate.

The Labs at DC Public Library


The Memory Lab is located at the Northeast Neighborhood LibraryStudio Lab Express is located at the Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library. Fab Lab classes and workshops are available at the Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMA. A Fab Lab space will open at the Reeves Center at 14th and U St. NW, please stay tuned for additional information.

Please check the MLK Interim Services page for updates on the Martin Luther King Jr. Library modernization and interim services.

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The Labs at DC Public Library, originally located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, is made up of spaces that give you an opportunity to learn new skills, turn your ideas into action, and collaborate with others.

Scroll down for details on what the Memory Lab, Studio Lab Express and Fab Lab can do for you.

You can sign up for Labs classes online at

Institute of Museum and Library ServicesThe technology in Fab Lab and Studio Lab are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Memory Lab

Memory LabThe Memory Lab, at Northeast Neighborhood Library at 330 7th St. NE, provides equipment for digitizing home movies and scanning photographs and slides. You can also take classes and find resources for your personal archiving needs.

Orientations are not required but drop-ins are strongly encouraged. You must provide your own storage environment, such as an external hard drive or a Google Drive/iCloud account.

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Studio Lab Express

Studio LabStudio Lab Express offers DIY drop-in sessions, events and space to focus on exploring, learning and celebrating photography, videography, music and sound production -- from pre to post-production.

Located at Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Neighborhood Library at 7420 Georgia Ave. NW, the Studio Lab offers programs for all ages.

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Fab Lab

Fab LabFab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa
1150 First St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

The  NoMA (north of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhood, is hosting a Fab Lab Pop-Up, a maker space built in a repurposed shipping container. It offers 3-D printing and laser cutter demos along with a variety of classes, workshops, and events. The Fab Lab at NoMa opened on June 26, 2018 thanks to the generous support of NoMa BID, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, Uber, and the DC Public Library Foundation. Space for the project was provided by Tishman Speyer.

Fab Lab
2000 14th St. NW, First Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009

The Fab Lab, a DIY fabrication space, will be located in the Franklin D. Reeves Municipal Center. Equipment may include: 3-D Printers, 3D Scanning, CNC Machine, Hand Tools,  Laser Cutters, Sewing Machines, Power Tools, and more.

Check the MLK Interim Services page for updates on the Martin Luther King Jr. Library modernization and other interim services.

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