The Labs at DC Public Library

The Labs at DC Public Library

 The Labs at DC Public Library

 

The Labs at DC Public Library are located at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library which is now open for limited services. Learn more here.

Are you looking for Labs classes, drop-ins, events and workshops?

Visit the Labs’ scheduling page at
bit.ly/labsclasses.

Would you like to receive email updates about the Labs?
Sign up at
bit.ly/labs-email.

Would you like to contact the Labs?
Call us at 202-727-1058  or email labs.dcpl@dc.gov
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The Labs at DC Public Library have the following policies:

  • DC Public Library Rules of Behavior must be observed at all times while using any of the Labs spaces.
  • Age Restrictions: All of the Labs spaces are designated for use by persons aged 13 and older. Children between 6-12 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Children under 6 are prohibited from the Labs.
  • Food & Beverages: Food is strictly prohibited in all the Labs spaces. Non-alcoholic beverages must be in covered containers at all times.
  • Use of Labs Computers & Laptops: Fabrication Lab computers and laptops are restricted to design applications; Studio computers and laptops are restricted to audiovisual production; Memory Lab computers and laptops are restricted to digital preservation applications.
  • Safety Orientation & Participant Release Form: A safety orientation and a participant release form must be signed before using any Labs space or when participating in a program that requires the use of Labs equipment.
  • Storage at Labs: Personal belongings or ongoing projects may not be stored at any of the Labs spaces.
  • Storage of Content: Personal content and projects may not be stored in any Labs computers, laptops or equipment. Participants must provide their own storage environment or device with sufficient available capacity to save all their work. Examples of a storage environment are an external flash or hard drive or cloud storage (Dropbox, Google, iCloud). Content stored on Labs computers, laptops or equipment will be deleted by Labs staff to protect library patrons' anonymity, privacy and work.
  • Patron's Personal Equipment: Labs staff members may not handle, troubleshoot or repair library patron's personal equipment.

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


Fabrication Lab

The Fabrication Lab, or Fab Lab, an emerging technology space, provides you with equipment, programs, and tools to explore, learn, and make. The Fabrication Lab connects you with other D.C. makers and helps you scale your creative and entrepreneurial projects.

A safety orientation and completion of a Participant Release Form is required before using the Fabrication Lab.

Find out more at dclibrary.org/labs/fablab.

Memory Lab

Memory Lab, a do-it-yourself (DIY) service, provides you with equipment to digitize your home Memory Labmovies and scan photographs or slides. With step-by-step instructions and programs, you control the process of completing your personal archiving project from start to finish.

When digitizing your home movies, photographs or slides, you will need to provide your own storage environment or device to save your content.

Find out more at dclibrary.org/labs/memorylab.

Studio Lab

Studio Lab

Studio Lab, dedicated to multimedia production and performing arts, provides you with equipment, programs, and recording and performance studios to explore, learn, and create. The Studio Lab empowers you to take control of your artistic process and helps you look and sound your best.

When creating content, you will need to provide your own storage environment or device to save your content.

Find out more at dclibrary.org/labs/studio.