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.

Eat a Book for Lunch!

Join the conversation at a new Twitter book club

We devour books in the Popular Library.  In fact, nothing between two covers is safe from us.  If you get your fill this way, too, you may be delighted to know that the Brown Bag Book Club has had a makeover. 

What Do Earmuffs and Popsicles Have in Common?

Kid inventors

Brrr. It is cold outside and if you use earmuffs to keep your ears warm, you have a kid from 1873 to thank for that. 

Our Library's Freedom Quilt

MLK Library Celebrates Freedom

On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Children's Room hosted a Black History Month Kickoff Celebration. With crafts, stories, and puppets, we got Black History Month off to a great start at the library.  One of the crafts we did was make patches for the Library's very own Freedom Quilt.

Tips and Tricks for Teen Jobsearching

Learn about how far a firm handshake and solid cover letter can take you

Summer's around the corner, and with it comes the summer job market. From day camps to scooping ice cream, there are lots of options for teens to earn some money. Here are a few pieces of advice that can help you land the job you want:

Fall in Love with a Good Book

Exploring Romance in Teen Space

Romeo and Juliet?  Superman and Lois Lane? Hermione and Ron? Who is your favorite couple? Stop by Teen Space on the second floor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial library and fill out a candy heart letting us know who the lovely pair is, and we'll put it on display!  

Black History Month Open Mic!

Civil Rights Open Mic hosted by Derrick Weston Brown

Celebrate Black History Month with the power of the word by joining us on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. for a rousing Civil Rights-themed Open Mic hosted by Derrick Weston Brown of Busboys and Poets.We will begin to accept sign-ups at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.All ages welcome.Bring your best poem about any Civil Rights issue!

Step Into... Online Resources

Helping You Find Reliable Information Every Friday Morning

Did you know the library has more than just books? We also have online resources available through our website that you can access in the library or from home!

The DC Public Library Presents Its 25th Annual Black Film Festival

Civil Rights In America


From Black Panther to Black Classic Press: A lecture by Paul Coates

Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for an enlightening and stimulating lecture by Mr. Paul Coates, publisher of Black Classic Press on Monday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Great Black Music and the Desegregation of D.C.

Georgetown Professor Maurice Jackson presents the Black History Month Keynote Lecture

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m., we are delighted to present the Black History Month Keynote Lecture by Georgetown University Professor Maurice Jackson.Dr. Jackson will speak on the topic, "Great Black Music and the Desegregation of Washington, D.C."