Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The MLK Jr. Memorial Library closed on Saturday, March 4, 2017 for modernization: learn more at Interim services for the MLK Library (including the Library Express location, Special Collections, and the Memory Lab) began on Monday, May 8, 2017. Please visit for more information on interim services.
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.  

Mapping Segregation

Mapping Segregation in Washington, D.C.

Focusing on historic housing segregation in Bloomingdale, Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant, Park View and Pleasant Plains

Please join us for Mapping Segregation in Washington, D.C.: Focusing on historic housing segregation in the Northwest D.C. neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Park View, and Pleasant Plains.

unterzakhn book cove

Check It or Leave It?

Episode 12: Unterzakhn

Any Graphic Novels readers listening? This episode is for you!  Peter and TaChalla have tackled mystery, romance, science fiction, and historical fiction. Graphic novels just seemed like the next logical step. Unterzakhn by Leela Corman is a coming of age story of two Jewish girls growing up in New York in the 1900s. 

cover of Snowblind dvd

Screening of "Snowblind"

DC Independent Film Festival

Join us in the Great Hall on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. for a screening of the DC Independent Film Festival movie Snowblind, the remarkable story of Rachael Scdoris, the 23-year-old blind woman who competed in the Iditarod dogsled race. Film to be followed by a Q&A session with director Vikram Jayanti.

Teen Video Challenge

Create a video promoting Summer Reading!

On Feb. 24 at 4 p.m., join us for Tech Tuesday and the Teen Video Challenge! The Teen Video Challenge is a competition for teens to create videos that promote reading and libraries under a theme: "Every Hero Has a Story." See below and check out the CSLP Teen Video Challenge page for details. 

Laughing Man

Library Basement Show: Meet the Bands

A glimpse into the life of D.C. musicians

It’s time. The third installment of the Library Basement Show is just around the corner (Thursday, Feb. 19) and we have some information to quell your anxious show-going selves, eager to get back to one of the year’s best (FREE) music venues. The MLK Jr. Memorial Library basement will host Laughing Man, Maloso and Peoples Drug for a seriously excellent show. But who are these creative individuals you ask? Well, the librarians asked them a few questions on topics they believe are incredibly important:

William R. Martin

Is Stand Your Ground Law a Great Idea Today?

 The July 13, 2013 jury acquittal of George Zimmerman of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin renewed a national debate.  

Library Closed February 17

DC Public Library is closed Tuesday, Feb. 17 due to inclement weather.

Lost in the City book cover

Celebrating Washington's Neighborhoods

Reading 'Lost in the City,' by Edward P. Jones

Join us on Thursday, Feb. 26 for a lunchtime book discussion of Lost in the City by Pulitzer Prize winner Edward P. Jones.  Set in Washington and written by a native Washingtonian, these stories reveal D.C. as more than just a city of monuments, but a town filled with living, breathing, and imperfect human beings. The book, the author's first, won two major literary awards.