Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library closed on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for modernization: Interim services for the MLK Library (including the Library Express location, Special Collections, and the Memory Lab) will begin on Monday, May 8, 2017. Please refer to for more information on interim services.
Rock Creek Singers

Rock Creek Singers in Concert

Tuesday, June 2 at 7 the Great Hall

In celebration of Pride 2015, you are cordially invited to attend a performance by the Rock Creek Singers, the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington's chamber choir under the direction of GMCW's artistic director, Dr. Thea Kano. Offering a wide range of repertoire, from Broadway tunes to spirituals and folk songs, this ensemble has been delighting Washington audiences since its inception in 2000.


Tales About Magic

Fantasy Picks from Ms. Steward

Does the everyday world bore you? Do you find it mundane and uninteresting? Then escape to the fascinating world of fantasy, and explore worlds of magic, dragons, witches, and immortality in the following books. Evermore by Alyson Noel

Selma movie poster.

Tuesday Night Movies

A weekly film series for adults at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A-5

Don't miss these Tuesday Night Movies! May 5 Selma

Original Star Wars movie poster.

Movie of the Month

George Lucas's 'Star Wars'

On May 19, at 6 p.m., join us for our Movie of the Month, as we revisit George Lucas's modern classic (also known as Episode IV - A New Hope), the film that launched an empire.


Family Fun Time: Bike Decorating

Saturday, May 30, 2 p.m.

Celebrate National Bike Month with us by creating fun and fabulous decorations for your bikes, including bike license plates, noisemakers, streamers, and more. We'll provide the supplies, you bring your creativity! Can't wait until May 30? See what else is going on throughout DC Public Library to celebrate Bike Month by clicking on the "National Bike Month" tag at the bottom of the page. And be sure to check out our vast collection of children's picture books about bikes, such as these popular titles:

When Hans met Daysi

When Hans Met Daysi

Hans Kindler's bust gets a cleaning!

Hans Kindler, the conductor and founder of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1931 to 1949, donated his extensive orchestral score collection to the DC Public Library. Today, local and area orchestras can check out music for their upcoming concerts, relieving a bit of the financial stress of running a local arts organization. 

Image from BiPolarized film.  Closeup photo of man's face looking upwards surrounded by dark sky and cityscape looks like it is moving around the man.

ReelAbilities Film Festival

Films by and about people with disabilities

DC Public Library proudly screens four films from the Fourth Annual ReelAbilities Film Festival.  Watch entertaining and evocative films that will challenge concepts and/or assumptions about disability, regardless of race, religion, or geography. Bipolarized Monday, April 27, 6 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Circulation desk, Central Library

History of DC Public Library now in Dig DC

Access digitized photographs from the DC Public Library Archives

Happy National Library Week!


Teen Kick Back: It Gets Better

Wednesday, June 10, 4 p.m.

Kick back with us in Teen Space and celebrate Pride Month by watching videos from It Gets Better, a project to show lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth that it does get better, and to inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.  Ages 13-19. Also be sure to check out our collection of titles for LGBTQ youth:

Dream Boy

'Dream Boy'

by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenburg

Sometimes during your life, the line between fantasy and reality is blurred. In Annabelle’s case, the line has completely vanished. Her dreams have become so vivid that she can't tell if she's dreaming or if she's awake. Lately, she’s been dreaming of the perfect boy who gives her the perfect kiss. He haunts her waking thoughts and she draws sketches of him constantly.