MLK Library Modernization Blog

Board of Trustees supports stand-alone library

Library board backs fifth-floor addition

On Wednesday, Jan. 28, the DC Public Library Board of Trustees adopted a resolution supporting the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library modernization design approach as a stand-alone library with a fifth-floor addition.     

Draft Library Building Program Released

Community input helped inform expanded program

The DC Public Library and the architect team of Martinez+Johnson/Mecanoo recently released the draft library building program for the renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. A “library building program” describes the types of spaces in the renovated building, approximate square footage allocated for each type of space and the programs and services offered in each space.

Perkins+Will Selected to Design Interim Central Library

DC Public Library’s Capital Projects & Facilities Management will award a contract this week to Perkins+Will to provide architectural/engineering services in connection with temporary space the Library will use while the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is being renovated. 

Jean Badalamenti, DC Public Library Social Worker

Pioneering a New Approach to Serving Customers without Homes

Interview with Jean Badalamenti, MSW

During our discussions with community members about the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’s renovation plans, we have been hearing lots of feedback and ideas about how best to serve the needs of all the Library’s customers – including those without homes.  

NCPC Scoping Meeting Sign-In Table

National Capital Planning Commission Review Process

Public comment period open through October 31, 2014

Washingtoniana: A Trip Back in Time

Visiting Washingtoniana — the MLK Library’s collection of more than 25,000 books and other printed materials documenting the District of Columbia’s history — is like taking a trip back in time. What’s historic about Washingtoniana is not just the documents, but also the shelving units and cabinetry design to preserve and protect them. Kim Zablud, the library’s interim assistant director, was our guide on a recent walk-through. 

What We're Hearing

Serving Native Spanish Speakers

As we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, the timing is perfect to share what we're hearing from D.C.’s Spanish-speaking residents about the MLK Library renovation. Just over 1 in 10 D.C. residents are of Hispanic or Latino origin, according to the 2013 U.S. Census. More than 70 percent of those speak a language other than English at home. 

Federal Regulatory Review Process

NCPC Announces Public Scoping Meeting

The lead regulatory agency for the MLK Memorial Library renovation is the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), the federal planning agency for the nation's capital. NCPC's review process includes an environmental assessment of the project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Help Us Plan For the Interim Library

When renovation starts, the central library at 901 G St. NW will be closed. During that time, library services at MLK will have to be relocated to an interim location.As we plan for the renovation -- and our interim space -- we need your input!

What We’re Hearing

Community and Cultural Spaces

Many D.C. community members agree that a library can offer far more than books and information. We have heard an lots of ideas for community and cultural spaces within the renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.