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 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

Family Fun Time: Ballet

An introduction into classical dance

The library is the perfect place to introduce children to new experiences. From multi-cultural story times to STEAM activities, the familiar space of the library can be where you child can safely explore something completely unexpected and surprising.

Check It or Leave It?

Episode 5: "Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen"

Listen to TaChalla fumble her words and Peter's perfect diction in their discussion of Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin.

Featured: a reading group for all things info policy, tech, Internet, & bookish

June Articles

This month's articles explore Internet and privacy issues.Join in on the discussion Thursday, June 19 at 7 p.m. in the Digital Commons at MLK. 

5th Annual Tour de DCPL

Approximately 40 bicyclists participated in the 5th Annual Tour de DCPL, Saturday, May 17. The free, community bike ride highlights DC Public Libraries by riding between locations throughout the city.