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.
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Game On, People!

Games galore for teens with Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii and More

Like playing video or board games? We’ve got you covered. Come to Games Galore on Saturday, March 28 at 3:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 215, and get gaming!  We will be playing Xbox 360 Kinect, Wii, and board games. We also have some cutting-edge equipment from the AbleGamers Foundation that helps broaden access to video games to enable gamers of all physical and visual abilities. This event is for teens ages 13-19.

Dr. Charlene Drew Jarvis

African American Women in Politics and Government

'The Participation of Women in Politics and Government: A Conversation with Charlene Drew Jarvis'

In honor of Women’s History Month, please join us as we welcome Charlene Drew Jarvis for an evening lecture in the Black Studies Center (Room 316) on March 26 at 6:30 p.m.​

'Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.'

The Civil War and America's Greatest Poet

Join author Garrett Peck as he details the definitive account of Walt Whitman's decade in the nation's capital.   We'll meet Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor in Washingtoniana. For more information, please call 202-727-1213 or email

Brown Bag Chamber Recital

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Weekly Online Trivia Contest!

Women's History Month

Join us in celebrating Women's History Month, and win fantastic prizes! Every Monday in March, a new trivia question will be posted on Twitter (@dcpl) and Facebook.  Respond by Friday with the correct answer using #herstoryDCPL, and get entered to win a different prize each week!  We'll reveal the correct answer at the end of the week.

Nauti and Wild

New Podcast: Check It or Leave It?

Episode 13: Nauti & Wild

Who's up for a little romance? Picture this: A handsome, successful lawyer, living the high life in Boston, gives it all up for a houseboat in Kentucky only to be sucked back into his old life by a love interest from past. Are you hooked yet?

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Tuesday Night Movies

A Weekly Film Series for Adults at 6 p.m. In Auditorium A-5

Join us for Tuesday Night Movies, a weekly film series for Adults at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A-5. March 3 The Theory of Everything Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones star in this biopic of physicist Stephen Hawking.  Directed by James Marsh. 123 minutes. 2014. PG-13. March 10      Ragtime  Milos Forman directs this sweeping tale of race and class in early 20th-century New York.

Government Printing Office

Government Publishing Office: Keeping America Informed

Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish will discuss the ways in which the U.S. Government Publishing Office and the Federal Depository Library Program support Federal Government transparency by keeping America informed. The presentation will include a demonstration of GPO's discovery and access tools that aid the public in finding the government information they need.