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.

Oobleck! Dr. Seuss and Science

A STEAM Team Program

This summer, every Sunday at 2 p.m., the Martin Luther King Jr.

Chef at Market

Come and Get a Taste of Summer!

The DC Public Library and FRESHFARM Markets welcome local cookbook author and blogger

"Unlikely Friendships"

47 Remarkable Stories from the Animal Kingdom

National Geographic writer Jennifer Holland presents

Fun in the Sun!

Outdoor Storytime at CityCenter DC

Sometimes it's tough to go inside on a beautiful summer day.  Good news: you can enjoy stories and songs AND soak up the sun at our weekly outdoor storytime!  In conjunction with CityCenterDC, librarians from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will be hosting a preschool storytime for the community's children, their, families, and caregivers on Thursdays at 11 a.m.  Storytime will be held in the CityCenter's Plaza at 9th and H Street NW.

Author Alison Fortier Discusses Her New Book 'A History Lover's Guide to Washington, DC: Designed for Democracy'


Pop Movies, Every Tuesday

A Weekly Film Series for Adults at 6:00pm in Auditorium A-5

Pop Movies, Every TuesdayJuly's popular cinema is driven by the star power ofForest Whitaker, Mike Epps, Jason Bateman, Tyler Perry and Russell Crowe!!

Summer Reading...

It's Not Just for Kids

Literary Elements, the 2014 Adult Summer Reading program, has blasted off this month with a focus on space and science fiction.

STEAM Team Sundays

Since the start of 2014, the staff at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library's Children's Room have been doing a program called STEAM Team.  STEAM is an acronym standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  It highlights a trend in education where students focus on these subjects through enriching activities, which is what the Children's Room's STEAM Team program hopes to accomplish.

"It Don't Mean a Thing, If It Ain't Got that Swing"

U Street Memories from Duke Ellington to Marvin Gaye: An Oral History Project

Help us tell the story of Washington D.C. 's famed U Street, once known as "Black Broadway" and become a part of the Washingtoniana Community Archive!

DC Fire Department's 150th Anniversary

On Exhibit in the Great Hall

In honor of the DC Fire & EMS Department's 150th anniversary, DC Public Library is proud to present a multimedia exhibit on DC Fire history.