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 now open at Northeast Neighborhood Library. Studio Lab Express offers programming at Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, Shaw Neighborhood Library, and other library locations throughout the city. Fab Lab classes and workshops are now available at a Pop-Up Lab in the NoMa neighborhood and another space will open at the Reeves Center at 14th and U St. NW in late 2018.

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, 901 G St. NW, 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 classes for the Labs online.

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

What's Happening

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 classes, events, and experiences focused around exploring, learning, and celebrating the possibilities in photography, videography, music and sound recordings -- 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. Programming and a reservations for a Creative Suite computer are also available at the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Neighborhood Library.

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Fab Lab

Fab LabInterim plans for the Fab Lab and Passport Office have been finalized:
Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa
1150 First St. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

The neighborhood North of Massachusetts Avenue (NoMa), is hosting the Fab Lab Pop-Up, a maker space housed in a shipping container. It offers classes and workshops involving 3-D printing, laser cutting, sewing machines and more. 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 and Passport Office
2000 14th St. NW, First Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009

The Fab Lab, a Do-It-Yourself fabrication space, will be located in the Franklin D. Reeves Municipal Center. Equipment will include: 3-D Printers, a CNC Machine, 3D Scanning, Laser Cutters, Hand Tools, Power Tools, IoT (Internet of Things) Devices and Sewing Machines.
The Passport Office, co-located with the Fab Lab, will process new passport applications. The design for this space is underway. This location is anticipated to open in late 2018.

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

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