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.

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.

Summer Reading Picks: Doctor Who Edition

Craving your Doctor Who fix? Need to brush up on your Doctor Who terminology?

Washington's LGBT History

On Exhibit in Special Collections

The DC Public Library Special Collections Department is celebrating Pride Month with an exhibit highlighting items from Washington's gay and lesbian history. The exhibit features sermons, church bulletins and papers from the R. Michael Vanzant/Faith Temple Collection in the DC Community Archives.

Help Us Rename the Sci-fi/Fantasy Book Club!

Vote, vote, vote, like a baby... Vogon?

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED! The MLK Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Club is looking for a new name! Something shorter and less clunky... something that invokes enchanted quests and the mysterious depths of space... or at least something that looks good on a T-shirt.  

David Brooks' Summer Reading Picks

Author David Brooks shared with his readers some of his favorite titles for summer reading in the New York Times column, "

Happy Holidays

Summertime has finally come, and with it, some time to do what you want rather than what you need to do for work and school.  With that in mind, learn about some of the weird holidays that happen this month by clicking on the links below, and see if there’s something new and exciting you would like to try. June 1 – National Cancer Survivors Day June 1 – Say Something Nice Day