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.
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Suicide and Depression in Young Adult Literature

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-24 year olds and 90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness such as depression. Suicide and depression can be difficult subjects to approach, but fortunately, many young adult novels dealing these topics have been written in recent years. Books may provide an excellent way to reach out to teens struggling with depression or dealing with it in their family or friends.

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Celebrating Banned Books Week Through Film

September 6 The Color PurpleFrancis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 6 p.m. September 16 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's StoneFrancis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 6 p.m. September 21

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Tuesday Night Movies

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

Don't miss these Tuesday Night Movies!

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You Can't Handle the Truth!

Novels that feature scenes in a courtroom

With television shows like Law and Order and How to Get Away with Murder bringing in amazing ratings, it would be no stretch to say that the average person enjoys fiction about the law. We all like to pretend we are involved in the case by defending the accused, piecing together clues, or even acting as a juror or judge handing down the final decision. We sit waiting until to the end of the episode to see what the truth will ultimately be.

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Yearbook Collection on Display

Seeking yearbook donations for collection

Did you know that Special Collection’s Washingtoniana Room (3rd floor) houses a small collection of Washington, D.C. high school and college yearbooks? Our goal is to obtain a yearbook from each high school and college/university in Washington, D.C. We would love to obtain yearbooks published far enough to have genealogical value!  

Stereoview of women of the Food Administration promoting food conservation on the homefront during World War I

Library's Oldest Historic Photographs Digitized

Unique Portraits and 3D Views of District Landmarks in Dig DC

DC Public Library Special Collections is pleased to announce the digitization of its collection of stereoviews, cartes de visite, and cabinet cards. These unique photographic formats from the late 19th and early 20th century include many of the oldest photographic portraits and views of the district in the library’s collection and are now available for research and reuse in Dig DC.

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The Reading Brain

...and How Digital Media Is Rewiring It

How is your experience reading these words different than if you were reading them on paper? In what ways does the printed word—and in particular, book reading—alter the mind and human culture? How is digital media rewiring the brain and changing the way we think, imagine, and experience life? These are the kinds of questions the books below explore through perspectives from neuroscience, history, linguistics, media studies, literature, and personal stories.

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Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month with Books

 In Celebration on Caribbean-American Heritage Month, enjoy a sampling works from the library's collection:    Antigua and Barbuda: Jamaica Kincaid, Annie John