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.
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:

Book covers for Adult Services December staff picks.

What We're Reading This December

Staff Picks For Our Holiday Hiatus

Are your bells a little jingled this year? Have the holidays got you spinning like a dreidel?  Take a breath and read.  We in Adult Services have been having a bit of a holiday hiatus, and we have been happily cracking the books.  Here are some of our picks: Kari

Priests by Michael Andrade

Library Basement Show with Priests, Blockhead and Nox

A review of last week's show

On Thursday, Dec. 4, more than 250 people came to the MLK Jr. Memorial Library for our second Library Basement Show. The talented teenagers Nox opened the show, followed by hardcore Blockhead, and topped with elegant yet angry Priests!


Check It or Leave it?

Episode 11: Santa and Pete

Peter and TaChalla try to get into the Christmas spirit with the heart-warming novel, Santa and Pete by Christopher Moore and Pamela Johnson.

Perfidia book cover

Featured Author: James Ellroy

James Ellroy experienced two tragedies in his childhood and teen years: his mother’s unsolved murder and his father’s passing years later. James also took a step into the criminal world and paid for his actions.

From Real Estate Plat-Book of Washington, District of Columbia, Vol. 1, 1892

MapStory Warper Testing

Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.

Please join DC Public Library Special Collections and the MapStory team for a fun night of hands-on Warper testing on Wednesday. MapStory's Warper tool lets you plot scanned maps and aerial images in the geographic space of a digital map.

Winter Reading

Cold But Cuddly

Winter Reading Club

Cuddle up to books this winter break and be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card! This winter break, between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3, elementary and middle school students who visit their neighborhood branch can be eligible to receive a Chipotle gift card for sharing their winter reading with their librarian.