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.
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

Read This NOT That!

Episode 5: Adult Fables

Anal-living parasites, a first date with a War Lord, a comedy roast of Nelson Mandela. These are just some of the things Anne and TaChalla talk about in the latest episode of Read This NOT That! 

Fruitvale Station

Black Studies Film Festival

Afternoon movies in the Black Studies Center

Please join us for the first annual Black Studies Center Film Festival! All films will take place on Wednesdays from 12-2 p.m. in the Black Studies Center starting on Jan. 14. Here is the exciting and thought-provoking lineup: Jan. 14: MLK: A Call To Conscience Jan. 21: Eyes on the Prize: Awakenings Jan. 28: Eyes on the Prize: Mississippi, Is this America? Feb. 4: Do the Right Thing

Turn the page on NaNoWriMo.

NaNoWriMo Editing Swap

Get your work one step closer to publication!

It's time for all your bullet sweating, pencil chewing, and page stacking to come to an end. And a new beginning. Nothing beats a keen eye and a clean draft to whip a manuscript into shape. Join us at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Monday, Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. in Room 207.  There you will share your manuscript with a like-minded writer who will edit your work.  In turn, they will share theirs to be edited as well.  Staff will make a record of the swap and provide reference materials for the job at hand. 

Collective Voices

Poetry Extravaganza 2015 featuring Collective Voices

19th Annual Tribute Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please join Collective Voices on Saturday, Jan. 17 in the Great Hall from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the 19th Annual Poetry Extravaganza honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to Collective Voices, this event will feature youth poets, the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, The Sacred Dance Ensemble, and many others.  For all ages!

Instant DCPL

7 Ways to Enjoy the Library Instantly

The library's closed, but is open 24/7!

All library locations are closed today, but there's myriad ways you can enjoy the library online! 1. Have your own film festival at home. View films from major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca and more. Log into IndieFlix with your library card.

Wellcome colored engraving of the Gemini.

Do You Have a Literary Twin?

Take this test to find out!

Here's a fun exercise: What character in literature is most like you? Alter ego or doppelganger, you might be surprised to learn the answer. Or, it just might explain your particular reading taste. Many thanks to the folks at Kobo for providing this fun and classy holiday diversion. Who is Your Literary Alter Ego?  Click here to take the test.  

Dr. Howard Dodson

Howard Dodson

2015 King Week Celebration Keynote

For its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week of festivities from Jan. 11 to Jan. 15 the DC Public Library proudly celebrates "A Century of Black Life, Culture and History." It is fitting that Howard Dodson Jr., Director of Howard University Libraries and Director of Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, will deliver the keynote address on Jan. 14 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.

The 1938 theatrical release poster for 'The Lady Vanishes'

Movie of the Month

Alfred Hitchcock's original 'The Lady Vanishes'

On January 13, at 6 p.m., join us for our Movie of the Month, Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes.  In this suspenseful romantic comedy, Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave work to unravel a conspiracy as they race against time to save a woman's life. This early Hitchcock work doesn't disappoint and the 1938 thriller reflects the troubled era in which which it was made.


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.  January has something for everyone: Fantasy, Drama, Comedy and Action! Jan. 6 Maleficent  Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning star in this dark fairytale. 97 mins. 2014 PG Jan. 13 The Lady Vanishes  

A snowflake to read by.

Good Book Giveaway, Holiday Style!

Win a free book to gift to yourself or someone you love

The Good Book Giveaway returns just in time for the holiday season.  If you are thinking of giving a book as a gift or just need something to read in your travels, try your luck.   A list of books available is listed on the entry form found at the link below.  Readers can win fiction or nonfiction titles. The Giveaway will end at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19th. Winners will be notified by Saturday, Dec. 20th. Winners will have until Saturday, Jan. 10 to pick up their prized book.  Pick a book, any book for a chance to win: