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.

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.

Info Services Staff Picks

Beach Reads

Hellooo, Summer! Grab a book and let's hit the beach.

Talking Book Club June 19

'A Long, Fatal Love Chase' by Louisa May Alcott

This romantic cliffhanger about a woman pursued by her ex-lover, a relentless stalker, seems sprung from today's headlines. Yet Alcott (1832-1888) wrote it more than a century and a quarter ago, in 1866 (two years before the appearance of Little Women), only to see it rejected it as ``too sensational'' by the magazine that had requested it. The novel has remained unpublished until now.

"Dawn" by Octavia Butler

Lilith lyapo awakens in a room without windows, where voices speak to her from a mysteriously lighted ceiling. But she is not mad. She is a captive.

Pop!: Meet John

Pop! Street Fashion is an experimental collection of patron street fashion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Celebrating the Life and Work of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014

The DC Public Library celebrates the life and work of Maya Angelou, who died today at age 86.

STEAM: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Our Friday STEAM program all about seeds and plants

Our Friday, May 30, STEAM program will introduce the science of botany! Learning about seeds and plants is a great way to get ready for summer. It also sparks ideas for healthy eating. In this program children will learn about the parts of a seed, germination, and plant structure. They will also plant their own seeds and take home a chart in order to record its growth. Want to inspire your budding botanist? Check out these titles: